book learning


: knowledge gained from reading books

Examples of book learning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The very premise of quizzing can appear to be a fetishising of book learning: of facts memorised for their own sake, instead of being learned from any true engagement with life. Ben Huberman, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Baxley is most likely just being political, following other politicians trying to poke at liberal arts and book learning, trying to get the state out of the business of making better, smarter citizens, trying to turn education into cold, crass, cash calculus. Derek Newton, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 His schooling in South Korea and at Columbia had primarily emphasized book learning and theory. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Aug. 2022 In-person learning includes more than book learning, like social interaction, dedicated learning spaces (not dining room tables) and much more. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Mar. 2022 Life was largely agricultural; book learning hardly mattered. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022

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“Book learning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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