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Submitted to Scientifici American but not published
07/27/2015

To the editor

When one exposure is enough

The idea that we remember things better when we retrieve them more frequently from memory, as claimed in "Building The 21st-century Learner," (July 15) applies only to facts and concepts that are irrelevant to us. When a fact or concept solves a problem that is of genuine interest, one exposure is enough. That's why this poem is nonsense:



Do you love me?

Or do you not?

You told me once.

But I forgot.



Let's stop worrying about better ways of getting students to master material that is irrelevant to them. Let's make school more intellectually compelling.







Stephen Krashen


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