The Mental Machinery of the Chess Master

A strong player has spent years exploring the intricacies of chess. She studies her prior matches the way a football coach studies game tape.

Is Memorization Necessary, Evil, or Both?

At The Atlantic today, I have an essay weighing in on the decades-long debate over memorization, trying to cut a middle path between two extremes: 1. "Memorization is the enemy. It's the antithesis of critical thinking and conceptual learning. Memorization's defenders are wilfully blind soldiers marching for an outdated tradition." 2. "Memorization is an essential tool for students. It's … Continue reading Is Memorization Necessary, Evil, or Both?