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Comment author: Zubon 12 May 2015 12:48:44AM 0 points [-]

Page 212-213 is even more on point.

After a lot of investigation, I finally figured out that the students had memorized everything, but they didn't know what anything meant. ... So you see, they could pass the examinations, and "learn" all this stuff, and not know anything at all, except what they had memorized.

He gives several examples relating to the physics of light and torque. The students give great definitions but have no idea how to apply the terms to any real objects, even when the objects are pointed out to them.