I’m as big a fan of unsubstantiated anecdotal arguments as anyone but deciding you’re not willing to give up lecturing doesn’t suddenly make it a quality learning experience.

Molly Worthen almost admits as much herself near the end of the article (emphasis mine):

Note-taking is important partly for the record it creates, but let’s be honest. Students forget most of the facts we teach them not long after the final exam, if not sooner. The real power of good notes lies in how they shape the mind.


Read Lecture Me. Really. on nytimes.com.