Richard Feynman on education in Brazil

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Some quotes from “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” talking about university education in Brazil:

After a lot of investigation, I finally figured out that the students had memorized everything, but they didn’t know what anything meant.

I didn’t see how they were going to learn anything from that. Here he was talking about moments of inertia, but there was no discussion about how hard it is to push a door open when you put heavy weights on the outside, compared to when you put them near the hinge – nothing!

Finally, I said that I couldn’t see how anyone could be educated by this self-propagating system in which people pass exams, and teach others to pass exams, but nobody knows anything.

via Richard Feynman on education in Brazil

Assorted links – Apprendre le français

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This is a list of resources for learning French. If you find a broken link please report it in the comments.

First, as taken from the “Apprendre le français avec TV5MONDE” website:

10 MINUTES OF FRENCH A DAY

  • Watch the TV5MONDE channel in your country:www.tv5monde.com/reception.
  • Check your knowledge of conjugation on the TV5MONDE French language page using the multifunction dictionary, test your spelling with letter games, listen to Merci Professeur’s lessons.
  • Learn current vocabulary with the 7 jours sur la planète application. Each week, memorise new vocabulary by playing with about forty words taken from television reports.
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Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material in order to exploit the psychological spacing effect.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition_system