I am a bit conflicted, in my day, we were encouraged to memorize, but with the Internet, you can just hop on and look.
I think it’s far more important, by miles far more important, to be able to discuss the aspects of freedoms of religion and assembly and speech than to know they are in one amendment.
If I were to say they were different amendments, yet am able to intelligently make my points come across, I would be far smarter than someone who only memorized they were in one amendment and couldn’t, for instance, talk about the limits on those rights.
I don’t need to know everything as long as I know where I can go look it up.
This is where I am conflicted. For instance, when I was a kid we were encouraged to memorize the “Times tables.” But I could never see the point of going past memorizing the “Tens times table,” 'cause once you get that far, you can combine. For instance I don’t need to know 12 X 8 is 96, when in my mind I can say 10 X8 = 80 and add to that 2 X 8 or 16 to get 96. OK that isn’t as quick as memorizing the “Twelves times table,” but it’s quick enough.
If I study the US Constitution, I don’t need to know how it’s organized to discuss it intelligently. As long as I know WHAT the points are and what they mean, how or where it appears in the document is unimportant.