I overheard this high school student complaining about a teacher. Here is essentially what she said (about a class her friend is in):
“This teacher is crazy. He said we have a test the next day and he gave them a study guide. But he didn’t give the answers to the study guide. My friend and her mom stayed up till midnight looking up the answers on google.”
I am pretty sure this was regarding a math class. So, what is the problem? I think there are a couple, but it mainly has to do with the nature of assessment. What is the point of assessing if students know (memorize temporarily) stuff they can look up off google? Unfortunately many students (and obviously some teachers) think this is normal stuff. Perhaps this can best be summed up by Calvin and Hobbes.
I think we (people that teach physics stuff) are fortunate in that even normal and traditional type assessments aren’t really suitable to “study guides”. Well, we can make study guides but they just look like homework questions or something.
High school (and college) courses need to be more about thinking and less about memorizing – we already have google and wikipedia to quickly look up stuff that can be memorized.
Sorry for the rant, I just had to say something.