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Comment author: lessdazed 11 August 2011 05:52:10PM 3 points [-]

In the school system, it's all about verbal behavior, whether written on paper or spoken aloud. Verbal behavior gets you a gold star or a failing grade. Part of unlearning this bad habit is becoming consciously aware of the difference between an explanation and a password.

In other words, I'm questioning whether password-guessing and memorization in education are actually avoidable, even at the highest levels of optimization

So, regarding the strategy students can adopt, the two ends of the spectrum are...I guess I could just declare the whole enterprise unethical and forget about this profession and move out in the woods somewhere.

This seems like shifting the goalposts. How the system should be and what to do given that it is what it is are different questions. The OP addresses the first and you criticize it as if it addresses the latter.