American Educator - Spring 2009
Why Don't Students Like School?
Because the Mind is Not Designed for Thinking
By Daniel T. Willingham
Strange as it may sound, the mind is not designed for thinking—it's designed to save us from having to think. Because thinking is slow, effortful, and uncertain, we rely on memory, not thought, to guide us whenever possible. Nonetheless, we are curious and we do like to think, so long as the issue or problem at hand is neither too easy nor too hard. (This article is available in PDF format only.)