DailyDirt: You Must Un-Learn What You Have Learned... Really?

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There is a lot of demand to improve the institutions of education in various ways. Creating an education system in the US seemingly costs a lot, and the results aren't as tangible (or as favorable) as everyone would like it to be. But in order to improve, perhaps we need a closer look at what actually needs to improve. Here are just a few links on how we learn. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    anon, 27 Oct 2011 @ 11:19am

    different learning styles

    My grandmother raised me, I remember her asking me if I didn't hear her ask me to do , I replied, truthfully, that I had heard her, but didn't remember what she said.

    She told me she would help me remember _next_ time. Grandma had a razor strop to assist in that...

    Valuable lesson learned: Don't tell Grandma the truth.

    Years later I took an instructor billet in the military, our job: make sure people don't kill their own troops. This is a pass/die type class, there was no fail option. Everyone has to PASS a class like this, so we modified the training based on the student.

    I don't learn well from lectures, as my grandmother could attest, but I can learn from reading the material, or hands on. As a matter of record, lectures are the worst of all ways to transfer knowledge, but a minority of people are capable of learning that way, so it persists.

    The problem is it's hard to teach. Lectures are easy, and hands on requires a lot of personal attention that frankly some teachers don't want to extend. Yes, I blame the teacher because I was one.

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