The return to rote

28.02.2011                      24.Adar l, 5771

Pädagogik:

The return to rote

The Education Ministry's announcement that high schoolers will have to learn to recite poetry has sparked heated controversy among veteran educators and writers.

The recent wave of nostalgia for the education of days gone by has not skipped over rote learning. Given the criticism of the education system and the failure of local students in international tests, there is a certain yearning for that old kind of teaching, for the methods that relied on a firm but loving hand, and produced intelligent pupils who respected their teachers – and usually also their parents. Consequently, in a somewhat reflexive manner, in recent years some of the formalities that characterized the education system in the state's early years have been adopted again, such as standing when a teacher enters the classroom or wearing school uniforms. It has recently been announced that starting next year, the Ministry of Education will require high school students to memorize poems for their matriculation exams….