My point is not that rote memorization is useless, just that it is not as helpful as many claim. My main point though, is that curriculum needs to evolve with the times. Should we still teach Latin and Greek, which were staples of learning before? Why not? The same arguments can be made against teaching a lot of things that can be looked up when needed. Should we teach everyone how to grow their own food like we used to? It might come in handy one day, so we should right? There's a set of knowledge everyone should have, but from there, you're just overloading kids with useless knowledge if you take it further. People need skills not stuff they can look up in Wikipedia.