I can't believe what I just read. This week's Parade magazine (8/12/2012) gave a series of questions about "how we learn". This one caught my eye: "Next week your daughter has to give a big speech. The best way for her to prepare is to: (a) Look over her notes a few times. (b) Quiz herself, trying to recall the material from memory. or (c) Read outloud from her presentation outline. The answer they gave was (b), Quizzing herself.
What unmitigated and absolute rot!
The best way to prepare for a speech is to (here's a big surprise!) practice delivering the speech. It is not enough to know things, as this article asserts; it is important to be able to present what you know. This means that you must not only summon information up from memory; you must also know how to present it.
Professor Harold Hill may have presented "Thinkology", but it truly is not enough to think the minuet. You must also practice. Parade has done everyone a disservice.