Learning

We all learn differently – that much is generally accepted. Some of us learn best by doing, some by being told, others by seeing how it’s done.

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Isn’t it odd, though, that while we accept that we all learn differently, sometimes we expect others to all do things the same way after we learn them.

How odd.

And, how boring it would be if we all did everything the same way.

4 responses to “Learning

  1. How thought-pprovoking, Steve! Your “word fitly spoken” reminded me of moms and dads, and God: Even if it is not readily apparent, they teach and give us roots and wings. We all ultimately learn we have roots of belonging and faith, and wings of freedom to achieve and contribute.

    There’s always more than meets the eye in your writings, Steve. As I was contemplating your theme (learning) and thoughts (Are we learning to be the same only different?), I almost overlooked the illustration you strategically chose to make an example of your point. Here’s what I saw: Men, on the one hand, never do evil so completely and even cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction . Yet, on the other hand, in the same illustration we can gain great solace in seeing with our heart people all over the world “loving their neighbor” and praying the same “Lord’s Prayer.”

    Your point is well taken. We all have experienced when interview for a job
    and we are hired for all the skills and talents we possess–and perhaps for the dimension we bring to the new organization. But…once we are hired,
    we are socialized to do things like they’ve always been done…like everyone else are done doing them. We learn to become the same thing only different.

  2. I’ve always felt that public schools are too narrow, and although we each learn in different ways, they only teach one syllabus in such a way that only people with fast writing skills, good time management and good memories can succeed in. People who do have bad memories (like me) struggle in exams because of this system.
    I’m glad that you raised the point that people “expect others to all do things the same way after [they] learn them.” School is exactly what you describe here, or at least, it is in my opinion. I’m probably rambling on here… anyhow, I wondered what your opinion was on the educational system? After reading your post I’m very curious to find out. 🙂

    • Daniel,
      Sorry I’m late on the reply.
      Two things about the educational system:
      1. The biggest indicator of success in my opinion is parental involvement. I think that is why private and charter schools do so well – the parents are invested in the process either through financial investment or the time and effort it takes to get a child into a charter school.
      2. If the educational system is assigned specific processes and tasks, they have no choice but to accomplish those. Unfortunately this leads to two problems; a) the process of passing knowledge from the teacher’s notebook to the student’s notebook without touching either one’s brain, and; b) the system teaches students WHAT to think, not HOW. You can test a student on facts and fact-like data. Determining whether a student has actually mastered critical thinking is much more difficult.
      Which brings me back to the first point – the parents’ role. Even if the educational system limits history to names and dates, parents can challenge their kids as to “why” and “what did that accomplish?”

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