Don’t Drain the Learning Ability Kids Have

A couple of weeks ago, I was reading a blog post by David Kasprzak from My Flexible Pencil.  It was a great post called Born to Learn: Cognitive Science, Learning, & Education.

The post introduced me to 21st Century Learning Initiative organization that started the Born to Learn site.  I think it is a really interesting and original approach to educational leadership.  The video below is from the Born to Learn website and was part of David’s post too.  It is very good.  I had to post it here also.

Learning is a key aspect of lean.  We should always be learning about our processes, our work, our company, and ourselves.  As we learn we are able to use this new knowledge to help improve any area we are working in.

Born to Learn is about getting back to experimenting and learning from a hands on perspective.  From the time we are very young we are taught things but given few opportunities to learn and develop in areas that are of interest to us.  My son is 6-years-old and has mastered any Lego set you can put in front of him.  It is amazing to watch him work, but he has interest in using tools.  Of course, he is too young to be playing with saws and the like, but a few times I have taken him out to the garage and let him drill into wood blocks and use screws to fasten them.  This is great but I’m not always in the mood for this and he wants to do it constantly.  A couple of weeks ago, we found an Erector set.  The are hard to find in stores, but now he can use small tools and screws to build trucks and the like.  It is more of challenge than the Legos and allows him to continue to learn.

Now, that is a good example but I’m not always thinking of his learning as I tell him to sit still and don’t touch, etc.

I really like the premise of Born to Learn.  Giving kids the experiences to learn and not just be taught something.  I am the type of person who can see something and pick up on it but until  I do it I don’t truly learn it.

How can we continue to give kids learning experiences and not drain that curiosity as they turn into teenagers and adults?

Posted on August 1, 2011, in Learning, People and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. So very glad to hear that my post inspired you to write one of your own. The underlying message is one that I think it’s hard for all of us to understand and accept: That you get farther by embracing strengths than you do by trying to overcome weaknesses.

    Artistic daydreamers are told to pay attention, rebels are told to conform, and so on. What the Born to Learn folks realize, however, is that by embracing the natural tendencies and channeling them into a positive direction, you get a much better outcome. Not only that, but those annoying characteristics are rooted deep in the structure of the brain’s hard wiring – nothing you do could possibly overcome it.

    Once again, it all points back to waste and value – do you get better value in return for your efforts by forcing someone to change, or do you get a better return by accepting what they do well and finding a way to work with it?

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