Learning is an Experience, Not an Education

One of  the things I am most grateful for in this life is my first educational experience.  Anyone who has ever met me in my adult life knows, and can likely spell out as well as I can, how much I greatly dislike the American education system.  It is broken, and needs to be thrown out.  This is not anything against the teachers in the system.  They are working with the system that they have been given.

Let me give you a little background.  When I was three years old, I started school.  That’s right.  And I was reading books by the time I was four.  Think about that for a minute.  In school when I was three, and reading by four.  Now think about your early education experience, and what you were doing.  What I did wasn’t anything extraordinary.  Any of us have the capability of doing the same thing.  What was different, however, was my learning experiences.

When I was little, as soon as possible, I was put into a different type of school system that most children are.  I learned by experience, not by rote memorization.  The difference, as it turns out is phenomenal.  It’s also very psychological.

The learning patterns we learn at our earliest stages of development are the learning patterns that set our entire future.  We spend most of our youngest years learning facts because we are told them, but we have little concept of how to use the practical knowledge, much less how to advance that knowledge.  We are losing our building blocks for how to function.

What was different in my case is that I started very young learning, not just that something worked, but the how and why it worked as well.  When this technique for learning is used, our entire lives change.  We can enjoy learning more simply because when we learn by experience, we stop focusing on the learning aspect.  When we focus on doing something, instead of reading about it, we can enjoy life more fully, we can share our experiences with others, and learn more in the process as well.

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