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What's the right word to indicate a type of education based on memorizing facts or a superficial understanding of things, without real insight or critical mind development?

In my native language (Italian) we have expressions like "nozionismo" or "educazione nozionistica" or "didattica nozionistica". But, after I looked in the dictionary, it seems to me that the word "notion" in this case is a "false friend". In fact, "nozione" seems different from "notion", which is rather like an opinion.

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For a model that puts such cognitive-domain objectives firmly in their place (as being elementary and insufficient, though still very necessary), see the article on Bloom's Taxonomy (daft name) at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloom's_Taxonomy . –  Edwin Ashworth Mar 1 '13 at 0:02
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The English word for the kind of education you describe is "rote" learning.

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Also "indoctrination, re-education," and "treatment", among other euphemisms. –  John Lawler Feb 28 '13 at 15:47
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"Drill and Kill" teaching method . For reference , check this http://www.nychold.com/hirsch-termin.html#drill

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