In the latest edition of Leading and Learning with Technology (ISTE), they pose this question. In the digital age, is knowing basic factual knowledge still necessary?
They did a poll, and 65% of respondents said “yes!” Yet–the support for memorization alone wasn’t strong. Jeremy Hendrix from Glendale, Arizona suggests aiming higher with an assignment to include creativity. And Julia Poole of Surrey, British Columbia in Canada wonders if there isn’t just too much information to go around.
I’m in a place in my life that I know I rely upon having factual knowledge about a variety of things, and of course, knowing some basic facts is apropos for living in any century. But I likewise take great comfort in knowing how to look up and filter content that is found online. Having ready-access to the Web, either through my phone or my computer, is an invaluable tool.
I believe that in the 21st century we must still provide students with basic knowledge and facts, but just as important, we must arm them with the tools and techniques required to look beyond the facts and put them into service for solving problems.