Have You Joined The Learning Revolution As Yet?

So often, many people think that education is synonymous with learning. But it is not. Education is all about systematic instruction, while learning has to do with acquired knowledge…whether from experience, personal study, or teaching.

Quite often in my inquiry into learning and the many paths it takes, I come across someone who trumped the system and excelled to tell about it. Jonathan Mooney is one such young man.

I like the way how, in the video, he highlighted some of the problems he had in school, like sitting still and filling in bubbles on a standardized test, then went on to list some of his successes in life.

Why do some teachers find it so easy to ridicule the child who is having difficulty getting the concept being taught, or sitting still long enough to hear it?

Why does the educational system put such levity on “drill and kill” instruction; rewarding those students who are able to process information received that way, and punishing those who don’t? And continually doing that in spite of recognizing that those who don’t get it are just as intelligent as those who did.

If you have a children who learns differently, sit with them and watch the video above, then talk about it. Show them the many ways in which they are smart and encourage them to look into their future with hope.

Question: What’s one way you can encourage your child or any child you know who learns differently and feels badly about it?

Florence is the mother of an amazing teenager; an educational consultant, author, speaker, speech-language pathologist, encourager and perpetual optimist. She shares tips, tools and resources with mothers (and other caregivers) of struggling and/or failing children. She is fiercely committed to helping them develop and enhance their children's foundational skills for learning, to grow them to success in school and life. A believer in the unique learning abilities of all children, she is an advocate for those who learn differently.

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2 thoughts on “Have You Joined The Learning Revolution As Yet?

    • The sad fact is that for every one of those children with his challenges who succeeds in life, there are hundreds who give up and never make it. And they are usually more intelligent than the students who thrive on the “drill and kill” type of instruction.