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How to find your own
learning style and use your many intelligences
Einstein was a
daydreamer. His teachers in Germany told him he would never amount to
anything, that his questions destroyed class discipline, that he would
be better off out of school. Yet he went on to become one of the
greatest scientists in world history.
Churchill did poorly at school work. He talked with a stutter and a
lisp. Yet he became one of the greatest leaders and orators of the
Thomas Alva Edison was beaten at
school with a heavy leather strap because his teacher considered him
"addled" for asking so many questions. He was chastised so
much that his mother took him out of school after only three months'
formal education. He went on to become probably the most prolific
inventor of all time.
Fortunately Edison's mother - a
former school teacher herself - was a pioneer in true learning. Says The
World Book Encyclopedia: "She had the notion, unusual for those
times, that learning could be fun. She made a game of teaching him - she
called it exploring - the exciting world of knowledge. The boy was
surprised at first, and then delighted. Soon he began to learn so fast
that his mother could no longer teach him." But he continued to
explore, experiment and teach himself.
Einstein, Churchill and Edison
had learning styles that were not suited to their school styles.
And that same mismatch
continues today for millions of others. It is possibly the biggest
single cause of school failure.
It's also obvious that everyone has
different talents. Pablo Picasso
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