There is a huge disconnect between how people learn naturally and how students are taught in public education. Mark Twain once quipped, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
In school, students are expected to . . .
- Sit in uncomfortable desks and chairs, and expected to pay attention for long periods of time.
- Learn out of textbooks specifically designed for the institution of education – books that almost no one buys in real life.
- Be quiet, interacting with peers occurs only periodically and only with permission from the teacher.
- Learn and understand isolated content and topics often without a real world context and in a very linear manner.
- Learn with same aged peers.
- Not connect and learn with others outside of the classroom population.
The unintended consequences of these artificial and unnatural ways of learning include believing that learning is or should be difficult, painful, disciplined…
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