Problem of Schooling
For years I have focused on the idea of self-directed learning. I love learning with SuperMemo. I have long forgotten my 22 long years of schooling. Each time someone asked me about the perfect modern educational system, I would say I have no idea. I like self-learning. However, I have reached a breaking point. I know dozens of kids and teens. Some of them are users of SuperMemo, some are kids of my friends or family, others I know from a football field. They almost universally hate school. The older they are, the more intense the feeling. To me, learning is one of the most enjoyable things in the world. Why would school be such torture. In late August 2016, the heat of the summer was unbearable. I love the optimism that comes with the sun. It stood in stark contrast with those long faces of kids who knew that in a few days, they would have to go to school again.
Then I vowed "I would never send my kids to school".
I see that we fail our kids dismally. Education is based on wrong principles and wrong design. This e-book tries to explain the problem and suggest some solutions.
Chapters that are missing in the printable version are marked with '*' below.
- Learn drive
- Pleasure of learning
- Biederman model
- Natural creativity cycle
- Baby management
- How baby brain does not work
- Daycare misery
- Stress resilience
- Confusing creativity with ADHD *
- Evolving a smarter brain
- Forgetting curve *
- Childhood amnesia
- Error of Ebbinghaus forgetting curve *
- How schools can contribute to Alzheimer's disease *
- Why kids hate school?
- Schools suppress the learn drive
- Learned helplessness vs. learn drive
- On the superiority of a rat over a schooled human *
- Schools are useless in teaching English! *
- Learning history: school vs. self-directed learning *
- Passion and memory
- Unpleasant learning at school *
- Setting goals *
- Crushing student convictions *
- Dangers of being a Straight A student *
- School dropouts *
- Bill Gates is wrong about education *
- Futility of schooling *
- Modern schooling is like Soviet economy *
- How can I read faster? *
- How schools kill SuperMemo and incremental reading *
- Serendipitous impact of mindless cramming *
Excerpts: mark the most remarkable or influential words taken from other authors. At times, putting things in my own words would not do justice to the original
Motto: is some witty idea or quote from some wise man, usually from ages ago. A quote that sets the theme for a chapter. Those witticisms often help us realize that we are re-learning history over and over again. The ancients knew things many people fail to see today
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