The article has no shortage of platitudes and trendy edu-thoughts, including this gem of a paragraph. It starts off well enough:
“When the goal of learning is only test preparation, students will not be prepared to apply their learning to novel questions or problems.”
Yes, very true. But is anyone saying that the goal of learning is “only” test preparation? The author continues, undaunted with what is REALLY needed:
“But engaging students in authentic performance tasks and project-based learning helps deepen their understanding on both the factual and conceptual levels. In addition, when students experience their learning as personally meaningful, their intrinsic motivation strengthens long-term, durable memory networks. These are far more accessible for test retrieval (and longer term access) than rote memory.”
In other words only if students engage in “authentic” activities and PBL, will learning really take hold. Otherwise nothing is “personally meaningful” and is therefore relegated to the catch-all category reformers love to use: “Rote memory”.
Apparently, the author has written books on education. Well at least the article didn’t mention “maker spaces”.