Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for students to understand ideas and concepts than it is for them to learn facts.
In today's fast-paced and demanding academic world, the future flowering of any nation depends on the high-educated generation. Accordingly, all governments and policymakers seek to find the best learning programs which efficiently emphasize important elements. While some may hold a different view, I firmly believe that students need to understand ideas and concepts. Admittedly, some may argue that this is vital for students to memorize facts. These People believe facts are principal components that make an effective learning framework and can lead to knowledgeable generations. For them, this is too important that children learn facts, for instance, atomic theory and its evolutionary process, and the name of each scientist who had significant discoveries in this field. However, we live in a world where the science frontiers continuously expand and new findings always replace old ones. For example, the atomic theory replace with string theory and probably, in the ear coming future, people would talk about atomic theory just like the way that we talk about people who believed the Earth is the center of the solar system. Therefore, in a world where scientific facts are unstable and scientists continuously provide new theories, this is not a good idea that education-policy makers emphasize learning and memorizing facts. Do students learn scientific facts as knowledge principles, they could not challenge them in the future to reach the better or correct answers for wrong or may not-completely-true facts. Accordingly, in a new world, this is so important that students learn the basic ideas and concepts behind each theory. In this way, they could learn and accept new findings easier than those who only memorize some facts as stable principals. On the other hand, students need other skills and schools must make efforts to nurture students' holistic development, including creativity, abstract thinking, or problem-thinking skills, instead of forcing them to learn some basic facts. In the future, we need a generation that creatively challenges everything and finds new answers to some questions, and makes new tools for some problems. We do not need people who know the names of all lakes, instead, we need people who could solve the water shortage problems. In conclusion, while learning facts could seem important in each educational process, we need to foster a generation that could be creative and pioneer scientists, explorers, and inventors. As a result, we need to teach students in a way that they deeply understand the ideas and concepts of each subject. These students would be people who can challenge current knowledge and devote their endeavors to finding answers and promoting human knowledge and the level of human life quality.
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