What Are Facts Without Context?


With today’s technology at our fingertips, it is simply not necessary to memorize a ton of facts to be a successful student. I would argue that insisting students remember facts does not prepare them for college, career or to become functional adults. The reasoning that “learning by memorizing” is inadequate for students to become healthy and mature thinking adults.

Every day people are involved in problem-solving, analyzing, critical thinking, communicating and many more high-level thought processes. These are not skills reserved for geeks, nerds, or techno-gurus; these are the real-life skills people use every single day. So, if schools are not teaching these critical skills, how do they learn them? – Please do not suggest “the school of hard knocks.”


At Imagine Community Academy, our students need to be prepared to process questions that answer whether or not they should go to college or straight to a career. How about knowing how to navigate an intimate relationship towards marriage and family? They will need to know how to secure a loan to buy a house and how they should vote intelligently in the next election. These are all real-life scenarios that require high-level thinking, not memorization.

Shoulder To Shoulder is intentionally employing the Imagine Community Academy to empower mentees and students to know how to think and learn for themselves.