This is the second of 3 related blog posts about the education system and schooling.. Number one is here.
There are two ways of learning. Informational learning and transformational learning. Our education system creates and informational learning system for us. What exactly is informational learning? It’s teachers talking, students listening, taking notes, taking tests and getting that ever important “letter” grade at the end. It’s about memorization and regurgitation. Whoever can master that can master the schooling system. One could go their entire schooling life and never really learn anything, they just master the system of remembering the right things for the right tests.
Transformational learning on the other hand is all about letting individuals figure out the answer on their own. It’s a much slower way of learning but it triggers more creativity, empowerment, problem solving and real world applicability. Boundaries are more open and the mind is able to collect, gather and create as it wants.
We need transformational learning in our society. This can be applied to teaching someone something or giving them mentorship advice. You can supply them with the canvas but make sure it is blank! They will fill out the rest and create something greater than you and they ever imagined.