Schools shift toward critical thinking, away from memorization

09/17/2012 | U.S. News & World Report

Curriculum changes being implemented in schools nationwide will require high-school students to think more -- and memorize less. The changes include the transition to the Common Core State Standards and Advanced Placement reforms. In math classes, teachers are focusing more on real-world applications, such as using geometry to design a bridge. In English, students are beginning their work with a larger question in mind and using what they read to think critically and reach a conclusion.

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