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- Kids don't know what they love. They love to watch television, play games.May 4, 2012
- There's nothing wrong with playing games. It's my favorite way to learn. TV can also be a good learning tool.May 5, 2012
- I am engineer. I strongly feel my college has helped me only with the labs. The college I attended is in India, and is a very famous one. The most important seats were the ones in the last bench. Often, I didn't understand their accent, and my friends and I used to count the grammatical mistakes the professors used to make (e.g. You was not present in the class; The principal just passed away). The real study I did was with my friends and out of my own interest. I am very confident in my field, but I don't think my college has helped to build that confidence.May 5, 2012
- It's hard to disagree with someone's personal experience, but in my own life I've found school to be pretty valuable. Or maybe to be more specific, I've found teachers to be very valuable. I learned to read and write in school, and I don't recall having much innate fascination or curiosity in this area. I think that when we're young, we're more biologically-predisposed to learning, to soaking up information. This is a prime-time to learn in school, and just practice and repetition.
As I grew older, standard-model school became less effective. By high school, I needed to be fascinated or at least have a passing interest to learn anything for longer than a month, sort of like how you describe learning as an adult. If I had a teacher that sparked curiosity, that's when I learned. I also learned things outside of school, but looking back there are many areas where having someone guide me and push me would have been very helpful when my own interest wasn't enough to overcome the barriers to learning (for example, programming).
In college, I was lucky to attend a liberal arts school where most classes were group discussions, and I could pick classes I was interested in. I learned a lot through meeting people and just talking, something that's harder to find in my life now. I received comments and feedback from teachers that improved my writing and thinking.May 6, 2012
- Wow, this came at a great time, I just started as an ESL teacher in Korea and looking for ways to make teaching an artform that benefits students. I really like the philosophies described here and it makes perfect sense. This is one of the best articles Leo, thank you for sharing!May 6, 2012
- Self Teaching is intrinsic, spontaneous and fun.
Enjoy the clip.Jun 7, 2012