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Another reason we have all but abandoned memorization in schools is today's overly entertained society. I'm all for making learning fun, but life is not just one big game. Children need to learn to do things that are difficult for the sense of accomplishment that it brings. This fosters a good work ethic and also teaches them to persevere in their personal relationships. Giving praise and rewards along the way will encourage them when they do not always see the bigger picture.