Still making it my goal to teach my kids where and how to find answers and teach themselves.
Still avoiding memorization like the plague. Unless they want to. And they do. Weird stuff.
Memorization is great for your brain. I was forced to memorize a bunch of crap. Out of all said crap that was shoved into my head, I can only recall:
The Preamble to the Constitution
A little rhyme of the 22 linking verbs
The first four lines of "The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales"
The first stanza of "The Road Not Taken"
Yet I can still sing along with this:
Biology? I remember how the pig smelled when we dissected it.
I still kill at typing, and remember my shorthand.
Math? I use my life skills. Beyond that - nope. Unless there is something specific I need for a project. Yet, I don't remember the memorized math. I have to look it up and reteach myself.
History? I have bits and pieces.
Geography? I could draw you a map of my teacher's scars from all of his motorcycle accidents. I think we may have talked about North America at some point. I don't recall, specifically.
Anywho, why am I rambling on and on about crap I don't remember? It's your friendly reminder that it can be quite a waste. The goal in my house is autodidacticism. If you can find the answers yourself, you can teach or relearn those answers.
If you can do that, you can do anything.
If it involves linking verbs, great!
(Warning: the following video contains language that some people may find inappropriate. Feel free to google the psychology behind such offenses, and why certain words are considered "cursing" while others are plain, ordinary "words." Or you could look up how to make your own video. Or how to write music. Or how tie a neck tie!)