The TV game show Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader is fun and embarrassing at the same time. What I get out of watching this show is the understanding that we don't need much of what we learn from elementary to high school. I am not anti-schooling or formal education. People may be successful with or without formal education, however, going the non-diploma way is more difficult and less traveled.
|What will it take to achieve learning for all? Source: World Bank|
Why we forget what we learnReading Edgar Dale's 1946 book titled Audio-Visual Methods in Teaching taught me these lessons on why we retain so less of what we learn in the classroom:
- We forget when what we are to learn does not seem important to us
- We forget when we do not see clearly what it is that we are supposed to be learning or we are not properly shown how to use this new item
- We forget when we do not make use of what we have been asked to learn in our daily living