The Fundamental Lessons of Learning Theory

Cognitive scientists and educational researchers may be frustrated by the limits of what they know about how people learn. There are plenty of open questions about what sorts of things people know and how we can help them learn.

Still, few schools are bumping up against the limits of our knowledge. Most flagrantly violate even the little that we do know. The system needs to change and it is not enough to say what it should not change to, especially when the basics are so easy to state. Two statements are all that is needed to ground a positive and clear guide for reform:

• An interest is a terrible thing to waste.


• Students must be in control of their own learning.

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