Learning by Exploring

Many students may not be interested in the curriculum, but everybody is interested in the parts of the world that they believe relate to their own existence. This basic self interest, if it is allowed to flourish intellectually, can lead to a wide variety of discoveries motivated by curiosity based on internal needs.

If we want to allow students to pursue their own interests, we need to provide them with a way to get their questions answered. Many of the teaching architectures are, in fact, specifically designed to bring students to the point that they want to know something. How are we to help them?

One teacher cannot possibly know the answers to all questions a student might develop. The idea that any one teacher knows all there is to know is ludicrous. The one-on-thirty model of learning should be exactly the other way around--thirty teachers to one student. Students should have access to a variety of experts. They should be able to access these experts easily and quickly, and should have the opportunity to compare and contrast the different opinions of the different experts. Learning by Exploring simply means enabling students to pursue their own interests.

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