I came across the following, which prompted my post:
To sugar-coat their deception, our children’s religious instructors are making the false claim that the world is in such bad condition that they don’t want to make life any more difficult on our children by asking them to memorize Holy Scriptures and commandments via rote memorization.
I think it is important to teach children to memorize Scripture. I know in my own training, we are taught to emphasize principles / concepts rather than specifics, so that is why we do not emphasize rote memorization. The reasoning? — we want the essence of the Scriptures to come alive, be understood, and impressed upon the heart. Scripture is the very word of God which transcends any tangible existence.