We’ve all heard the phrase “all I really need to know I learned in nursery”, right?
Do you agree? Or, do you feel “every day is a school day”, and lifelong learning is important? Do you recognise opportunities to learn every day?
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” – Albert Einstein.
So, did Einstein have it right all along?
We would all agree learning is vital for children to succeed in the world today. By learning we all too often focus on how well a child is taught rather than how well they learn. Many young people have survived poor education because they discovered what it meant to learn. They discovered true learning happens on the inside, and cannot be measured by exam success.
Benjamin Franklin said “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Involving children in their own learning from a young age to create skills like curiosity, perseverance and the ability to tackle tough challenges will equip them with the skills they need to venture out into their adult lives. They will continue to seek out learning opportunities throughout their lives, they learn because it feels good.
The capacity to learn and grow does not decrease as our year’s increase, throughout life we have opportunity to learn, grow and develop. As Socrates said;
“Education is the kindling of the flame, not the filling of the vessel.”
A recent UK Government study on the Impact of Learning on Health and Social Involvement found that 80% of learners above 60 years of age reported positive impact on at least one of the following;
- Enjoyment of life
- Self confidence
- How they felt about themselves
- Satisfaction with other areas of life
- Ability to cope with everyday life
This figure was even higher with those in poor health or with disability. Learners reported involvement in community, sport, voluntary work and pursuit of a hobby. So perhaps Michel Legrand was right after all when he said;
“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realise, the less I know.”
Is this a lesson we could all learn from?