Why is this such a unique challenge? I memorized it as part of my standard
curriculum in 5th grade at Mountview Elementary 40 years ago. My younger sister
also memorized it as part of her standard elementary curriculum in Southern Utah
(I can't remember what grade she was in). If this is such a unique
challenge, then it must have fallen from standard curriculum in recent years.
The speech is brilliant -- President Lincoln communicated so much, applicable to
all generations, in so few words. The principles he expounded so far exceed the
political issues of his day, and are far from unique to our own country's
government or the generation to whom he originally spoke. Why is learning this
speech so special for the 150th anniversary? This "challenge" should
return to standard curriculum.
Memorizing is intense/focused study, and provides greater learning than
standardized testing.Students memorizing is a breath of fresh
air.---Water to a thirsty mind.