Diane Laufenberg: The best way to learn? By mistake
The best way to learn? By mistake
I have been teaching for a long time, and in the course of my work I learned a lot about children and how they learn, and I would like more people to understand what the potential of students is.
In 1931, my grandmother finished eight classes. She went to school to get information, because it was there that you could get it. The information was contained in books, it was in the head of the teacher, and the grandmother went there to get this information, because it was in this way that people learned.
Rewind the film one generation forward: we are in a one-room school in Oak Grove, where my father studied. And again, he needed to come to school in order to receive information from the teacher, load it into the only kind of portable memory available to him, i.e., into his own head, and take it with him, because that is how information came from teacher to student and then used in life.
When I was a child, we had a multi-volume encyclopedia in our house. It was bought in the year of my birth, and it was wonderful, because I did not need to go to the library to get information; All the information was already at our house, and it was awesome.
It was different from the experience of generations before me, and it changed the way I interact with information, even at such a modest level. But the information was closer to me. I could get access to it.