Why Learning Should be Messy

"Letting kids learn by doing — the essence of the philosophy of educator John Dewey. He wrote: “The school must represent present life — life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the playground.” Let kids travel to places, work with mentors, and inquire about the world around them ... As the old adage goes, “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.” Harvard Professor Howard Gardner said to me that schools should incorporate the best of two models of learning: a hands-on children’s museum, which encourages open-ended exploration, and an apprenticeship, which provides a more structured environment for practicing meaningful skills in an authentic, real-life context. The bottom line is that you don’t have to learn the boring stuff before you start applying it. Start rolling around in the dirt from the get go."

Excerpt from Why Learning Should be Messy by Nikhil Goyal.

Hope for our unruly home then, yet! ;)