The Ways we Learn


In the midst of a heartbreaking dehumanization in public schools, I’ve discovered policymakers’ expectations that students become uniformly rather than uniquely skilled. They mandate reform that requires robotic students whose skills are assessed in a stony arrogance that neglects the human element inherent in the classroom. This quote reminded me of the weight tiny shoulders carry when they aren’t allowed to take the world in and grow organically in knowledge, wisdom, character, critical thinking – when they aren’t allowed to be human learners rather than android ones.

“Some things may be learned by words on a page, but some skills are first learned by a man’s hands and heart, and later by his head,” (Hobb’s Royal Assassin, p. 172)

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