chapter  1
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At a time when test results can be everything, high scores may be pursued whatever the cost. Perhaps more often than many would admit, the cost is a lack of understanding. At the same time, some people seem to judge learning only by its quantity: more means better. Today, collecting information is often easy, but understanding it can be what really matters. There are also those who see learning only in terms of its immediate practical utility and how employable it makes the learner. This point of view cannot be dismissed, but learning serves other worthwhile ends as well. It may, for instance, enlighten; but that would only come through understanding. And, as achieving an understanding can sometimes be difficult, it is not surprising that it easily slips into the background.