When I was young, most of my teachers made us students memorize trivial information. I topped quiz bees because I could remember most information we were asked to memorize.
I found that my nephews are still required to memorize information they do not understand. I found out that they still quizzed on Roman Numerals. I am not sure where they can use that and I know that their teachers do not know either.
No amount of trivial facts can make a person a leader. When a teacher require students to memorize useless information, he is stealing the dream of students.
A classroom is theater. There you help the student see the stories of possibilities. You help them feel the characters they play. As a teacher, your role is not that of an actor. You are a scriptwriter and director.
Go beyond spreading information. Teach students by bringing them to the theater of the future.
About Jef Menguin
He has trained thousands of leaders in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Singapore.