I am a high school math teacher and would like to pose the following discussion topic: "Should we require students to memorize numerous theorems and formulas for math quizzes and tests (i.e. Trig. identities or all the formulas for area and volume)?" Could these be quizzed ahead of time and then brought to the test? Is there merit in the memorizing alone? Or, are they in reality just tools as are pencils and calculators? I do not need to memorize various facts about my TI-82 to be able to use it; although, memorizing where certain features are will make me more efficient in its use.
I would very much appreciate hearing both sides of this argument.
Matt Kellogg Faith Christian Academy 700 N. Main St. Sellersville, Pa. 18960