If you are talking about learning simple content and skills, it’s all too easy for students to check them up on the Internet before the lesson. But if you are talking about discernment, sense-making and critical thinking, I would hesitate to concur with the article.
For example, a student may know a certain formula, but he/she may not know how to read the question carefully and apply it correctly. The student may be making a very fundamental error of tracking a customer’s balance at the beginning of the month, or mistaking “after 4 months” with “in the 4th month”.
These are not just skills, but habits and dispositions e.g. making it a point to understand somebody’s position accurately before attacking the other party’s proposition i.e. avoiding strawman arguments.
If student already knows about 40-50% of what the teacher is teaching, maybe we should also ask ourselves: are our educational objectives too easy?
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