Archive for May 20, 2010

You Can’t Teach Me Anything?

Have you ever wondered why you remember some things but forget others? Whether you learn or not is determined by your experiences with what is taught. For instance, how many of us remember being told by our parents not to touch the stove because the stove is hot? The funny thing about that story is most of us at some point still attempted to touch the stove only to realize our parents were right. YIKES THAT POT IS HOT!!! You can guarantee you will never touch a hot stove again. This is not because your parents told you not to, but because you learned from your experience that the pot was hot.

Now on the other hand, many of you can’t remember the Pythagorean Theorem, the rules of differential equations, all the steps for proofing and geometric algorithm, or what Evans Syndrome is. These are all things you may have been “taught” before but because you have no real world experience with these topics, you probably don’t remember them. Conversely, if you use these equations daily in your job or know someone who has passed away from complications from Evan’s Syndrome or some other terminal illness, you know a lot about them because you have a vested interest in attaining that knowledge.

What it all comes down to is that people learn more from their experiences combined with learning than from someone just “teaching” us information. In life, learn from your experiences. Understand that education is a life-long process of learning. What sticks with you is not just what’s taught, but depends on the experiences you have with the material you’ve learned. Learn from life. No one can teach you anything alone; not your parents, not your teachers, not anyone, except by you experiencing it on a personal level. All they can do is create an environment that is conducive to learning and hope you apply personal experience to the material, making it your own.