Learning How to Learn

Learning How to Learn

Dan O'Donnell
Dan O’Donnell

I live in a world (I’m a teacher by trade) where people don’t like making mistakes and even more than not liking making them, they loathe admitting them when they do. This attitude according to Tim Hartford in the above TED Talk, puts an end to any real learning. Hartford warns us that only when schools, politicians, and doctors stop acting like they have all the answers, will we begin to learn.

Hartford demonstrates how a group of doctors, the great scientists of our day, aren’t anymore comfortable with making mistakes or admitting that they are not sure of an answer to a question, than teachers or I suspect the rest of humankind. There are exceptions to this attitude. I am reminded of Pope Francis’ response to a question regarding homosexual priests. He responded: “Who am I to judge?” He’s not alone in this earth-shaking statement. Not too long ago, a favorite priest preacher of mine gave the homily at Sunday Mass. He quoted Saint Pope John XXIII as saying pretty much the same thing in his advice on how to be a good pastor or in my case a good teacher.

2 thoughts on “Learning How to Learn

  1. Hey Dan, Good post! Thank you for all of the effort you must put in to find a TED talk like this before selecting one you feel suitable for posting. Appreciate your efforts on the blog and your commentary. Thank you.

  2. Hi Evan, Thank you. I really appreciate your encouragement. Sometimes I wonder why I’m doing this, but your and others’ comments, keep me going. I’m so glad you are part of our community. Dan

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