Over the past year or so I’ve started to make my daughter do daily arithmetic practice in German. My reason for doing so stems from my dissatisfaction with the ways in which rote learning and memorization as a learning style are neglected and disdained in Australian education. By contrast, I am convinced they have an important place in a mix of learning styles. As my daughter doesn’t want to do additional math practice outside school, I had to package this little project as a form of German practice. German is not a school subject and she therefore agrees that additional practice is necessary for her to keep up.
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