“You know what, he can tell names of all the capitals of the world in less than a minute!” chirped a satisfied millennial mum describing the impeccable qualities her 4-year old possesses, thanks to his photographic memory.

Parents in a rote environment are happy if their child has memorized capitals or currencies of every country or some tongue-twisting dinosaur names. They are seldom happy when their kid has figured out how to dismantle and re-organize a TV remote! Genius in children is rarely celebrated.

It will not be wrong to state that more often than not, parents find curiosity silly and weird. Because parents have forgotten curiosity. Movies, news channels, office gossip, competition has taken away their capacity to conceive genius.

Generally speaking, many believe that memorizing concepts through repetition is how learning takes place. This technique for learning is classified as “rote learning”. For a long time it has been believed to be the only way to secure good grades.

But with the world transitioning towards experiential learning, how dependable is rote learning in the 21st century? Is repetition reducing your child’s creative thinking and analytical skills?

Creativity is the capacity to concoct new, unique, and special answers for everyday issues or situations. It utilizes divergent reasoning, which is a thought process that involves a spontaneous, free-flowing, and non-linear flow to reach numerous conceivable solutions. This is the opposite of concurrent reasoning, which is characterized by tackling issues in an isolated manner not taking into account variables and is usually associated with linear thinking.

Rote learning, basically, has been believed to empower concurrent reasoning and when utilized as the sole learning method it disregards the advancement of a child’s creative thinking and analytical skills- one of the core 21st century skills. It centers around finding the solution rapidly, rather than concentrating on likely scenarios.

This type of learning infers that there is just a single “right” answer for each issue and the emphasis is dependable on building up that answer as fast as could reasonably be expected. In the long haul, this demoralizes students from investigating further to the limits of conceivable outcomes and reduces their capacity to imaginatively approach each issue and circumstance.

Progressively, rote learning is being surrendered for fresh learning approaches utilizing digital learning apps, educational gaming, and personalized learning.

Explore Learning with Dell Aarambh

At the other end of the learning spectrum is interactive learning. A progressive initiative by Dell India titled Dell Aarambh is working towards bringing about a paradigm shift in the way learning is perceived in 21st century through the use of PC for education. It is designed to help parents, teachers and students find firm footing in digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them with necessary training so that they can better utilize the PC for learning, both at school & at home.

And taking this initiative a step further, Dell is celebrating Anti Rote Day to make learning fun and captivating for students through the use of interactive PC- enabled learning. With an increased use of computers in school, students think out of the box for problem solving, becoming better collaborators and future proofing their career. Students engage in a more practical approach to learning by engaging in virtual tours, videos, quizzes and apply concepts learned in theory.

Think about this-

How does a child learn to pick a bat, or throw a ball?

It is very tough to explain intellectually, but in action it is far simpler.

Education is, in fact, that simple.

Remember, we learn words by rote, but not their meaning.

Go Mommy!

30 comments on “Rote Learning In The 21st Century”

  1. Kids can’t learn by just mugging up lessons.They obviously forgets everything after exam.Great initiative by Dell to highlight this issue and encourage parents and kids to use the latest technology and practical learning.

  2. If subjects are taught using a Personal Computer , the lessons becomes so easy to understand . Kudos to the initiative by Dell.

  3. That is such a wonderful initiative by Dell, rote learning is no more a valid way of learning concepts. It’s great to know that they are paving way for PC enabled interactive learning for kids.

  4. So agree with you learning can be done better with examples and action not just by mugging up. Rote learning can only teach you so much to survive but it aint sustainable.

  5. You are so right. I remember as a kid I was conditioned to think that if I replicate the answer as it is during exams I will score full marks. I used to rattofy and write verbatim without applying my own thinking. But I don’t want the same for my kids. Rote Learning serves no purpose at all.

    • I know right! Be it multiplication tables or periodic table- it used to be terror situation coz rote learning has a short span in our memory!

  6. I absolutely agree rote learning is entrenched in pur educational system. This is a gr8 initiative by Dell.

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