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Comment author: PerennialChild 29 June 2012 10:10:49PM 0 points [-]

This is no doubt a good way to control the problem, but I'm not grasping whether or not de-emphasizing the use of "passwords" would be the ideal thing to do. After all, language was invented so that people could effectively and easily communicate their understanding with others. It hardly helps to NOT drill in the common language to students, otherwise we'd be dealing with people using long, complicated circumlocution to describe what should be a very simple concept.

But this article is correct. Technical knowledge: asking HOW something works, and solidifying critical thinking skills is paramount to good education... but that's no reason to be overtly strict, and doing away with verbal behavior. It's been used and has worked for centuries, which doesn't necessarily mean that it's useless.