Feeling the burn in learning

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A group of teachers once explained to me the benefits of experiential learning. My understanding of the term is that most humans learn best when they get opportunities to do things practically. Other types of learning have their uses, but it is most helpful to take learners through a process of absorbing facts by giving them an actual experience of what is being taught.

Anyone who isn’t open to the idea of lifelong learning is in for a rough ride in current times. Modes of communication are constantly evolving and it is not possible for anyone to be on top of everything. There was a time when I was resistant to the idea of owning a mobile phone. After going through some embarrassing experiences where a simple phone call or text message could have made a significant difference, I knew I had to get with the programme.

Before the era of smartphones, I had to learn how to write text messages. A teenage boy taught me all I needed to know about this, including the way that words were abbreviated in those days (who still does that now?).

Stating that a child can teach adults many things nowadays might come across as a banal observation, but it is remarkable that so many mature folks find it difficult to terms with the idea that we all have things to teach each other.

Is it also too simplistic or obvious to suggest that we are all living works in progress, while we’re still here?