An obvious but nonetheless interesting anecdote is that every individual learns things differently.
Some people learn to swim by being thrown, full body, into the ocean. Others gradually dip their toes into the water and familiarize themselves with their environments. Everyone has a default state, a preferred method of learning.
I think it is important to recognize the nuance in everyone’s own learning patterns. This understanding greatly changes how we communicate with others. Institutions, like elementary schools, are unable to cater to the countless styles of learning. So we suffer through what is a compromise for everyone.
In the future, I believe capitalism will find ways to reward personalized learning environments. Students will be able to go at their own pace, chase their own curiosities, and…swim!
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