I find that education, it don’t matter where you go to school, Italy, America, Brazil, all are the same — it’s all this memorization and it don’t matter how long you can remember anything just so you can parrot it back for the tests.
I got this idea for a school I would like to start, something called the Five Minute University. The idea is that in five minutes you learn what the average college graduate remembers five years after he or she is out of school. -Father Guido Sarducci – (Saturday Night Live, 1978)
In the age of Watergate, Apartheid, the U.S. pulling out of Vietnam, the beginning of Microsoft, VCRs, floppy discs, pocket calculators, the death of Elvis, and the first test-tube baby, we laughed watching Saturday Night Live when Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) entertained us with his idea for a “Five Minute University”. Fast forward 30 years; across the globe from China to America today’s educators seriously agree with this talented, creative SLN comedian. Less IS more. Based on contemporary research, we now know that students cannot learn with understanding when “curriculum content is a mile wide and an inch deep”. Who woulda guessed?