Monday, March 14, 2011

Learning, Life's Most Important Skill

"Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best."
                                                                  - Bob Talbert -

Learning is difficult. 
 Learning how to learn is even more difficult.
As the quote in the title summaryof this blog  by Alvin Toffler states,  “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

The paradigm  of our educational systems must shift from a model of breadth to a model of depth that is dependent upon experiential learning as a process as opposed to the lecture based, rote memory model that most of us have experienced throughout the last century.   

Educators must create a learning environment where the most common question is no longer "What is the answer?",  but  shifts to "How do you find the answer?  and then progresses to "Why is this the answer?"
The concept of students learning in a mode of "fill me up", "take a test", and "empty my brain out for the next batch of information", will no longer suffice in a world where the only gaurantee is that things will change.

Changing the Educational Paradigm
Sir Ken Robinson

Educators must embrace the process of teaching students how to learn as the most important of life's skills.

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