Getting the Schools to Play Ball

It will be far from simple to get schools to conform to natural learning. Natural learning requires natural curiosity, and curiosity tends to be an unbounded thing. Children get curious about what they get curious about. When one child wants to go in one direction and another child wants to go in another, teachers and school curricula committees have difficulty coping.

Schools have been quite content to have classes that in no way conform to natural learning techniques. Although children do not respond well to long lectures, we nevertheless give them regularly in school. Although children do not respond well to sitting in one place for a long time, we nevertheless make this a fixture of most schooling. Although children like to find things out for themselves, we insist on telling them what we want them to know. Although children need to have their questions answered in order to generate more questions, schools tell them to wait their turn or not to ask at all.

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