“We teachers – perhaps all human beings – are in the grip of an astonishing delusion.”
“We think that we can take a picture, a structure, a working model of something, constructed in our minds out of long experience and familiarity, and by turning that model into a string of words, transplant it whole into the mind of someone else.”
“Perhaps once in a thousand times, when the explanation is extraordinary good, and the listener extraordinarily experienced and skillful at turning word strings into non-verbal reality, and when the explainer and listener share in common many of the experiences being talked about, the process may work, and some real meaning may be communicated.”
“Most of the time, explaining does not increase understanding, and may even lessen it.”
– John Holt, (1923-1985) American Educator, in How Children Learn
This post is part of our “Your Life – Your Learning!” series, designed to help the Grand Rapids community rethink teen learning, and brought to you with support from the Wege Foundation. If your teen isn’t learning in the classroom, come find out more at our Open House on Monday, October 13 at 12 noon.