Is rote learning getting an undeserved bad rap?

Rote memorization: Overrated, or underrated?

As you can imagine, I get a daily roundup of education blogs in my inbox. Some I skim over, others I ignore completely, but most of them I read and analyze. Today, one item in particular from The HechingerEd blog, caught my attention.

When most of us were in school, we learned most by repetition and memorization, right? So could one make a convincing case that it’s not just useful but vital for people of all ages to memorize things? Some critics say it's best that students "learn from the heart."

Here's an excerpt:

The fear is that we’re turning our children into automatons by force-feeding them useless bits of information — facts that can be found instantly on Wikipedia, like the dates of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) or the equation for calculating the area of a circle.

Read the whole post here and tell me what you think.