March 24, 2009

Why Don't Students Like School

American Educator - Spring 2009

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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.)

How Can Learning Facts Make Thinking More Enjoyable—And more Effective?

Can We Make School More Enjoyable - and Effective - for "Slow" Students Too?