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All students have talents, but one of the most important ones they can develop is how to work things out for themselves, and they can all learn how to do this. Research shows that between 92% and 95% of what we learn in school has no impact on our lives once we leave. And, of course, now that everybody asks for change, we need to change things, but how do we do it?
Traditional education is geared towards the teacher's explanation and based on memorizing. Under this model, students must learn what the teacher says, remember it and then use it to answer questions in an exam. This does require thought. However, learning to memorize things is a very limited way of thinking that results in a level of learning that is very superficial. For example, if you were to ask a group of students when the French Revolution was, they'd be able to tell you because they'd have memorized the date. But, do they really understand what the revolution was all about?
We make decisions every day, we solve problems, make predictions, we select the information that the people give us and we decide whether to accept it or believe it and we act accordingly. At other times, something might happen and we have to work out what caused it so we can decide what to do about it. We do these types of things every day. We compare and contrast information and, largely, we don't do it very well. We completely ignore some things and form rash conclusions. What we try to do is help students learn how to think more competently and attentively, basically, how to be better at thinking.
At school we do not teach students to make good decisions. Teachers just don't do this. However, this doesn't mean that students aren't making any decisions, because they are, based on what's happening to them and their 'own world'. What influences these decisions the most is advertising, which uses images of things people want to sell you. Advertisers tell you all about the benefits of something in a way that sounds so good you think to yourself, "I want it!"