Clarifying The Difference Between Students And Learners
Recently I wrote for edutopia on the difference between students and learners.
As “learning trends” become the basis for full-on institutions of learning (see the Avenues: World School and North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens for two examples), these kinds of ideas are being field-tested, moving them from wishful thinking and feel-good rhetoric to actual real-world application.
Education constantly finds itself looking for proof of success: X data that says Y works, which would seem like magic: We could then take Y and spray it on schools and districts everywhere and repeat the same success.
Of course, real learning is personal, depending on incredible complexities–and incredibly personal nuance. No matter how rehearsed, like a band’s live music, It doesn’t ever sound exactly the same way twice.
So what we want then is less teaching, and more learning.