At the How People Learn Project, we want to help you navigate the challenges of learning and make good decisions for your child. We explore the concerns and challenges we hear about most from parents and provide expert guidance on how to respond in the most effective way. The development of a child’s brain is of particular interest to us since an astonishing amount of human brain development takes place over a short period of time during childhood.
Learning is a much more complex endeavour than simply being able to memorise, count or calculate. It is a gift of wonder and empowerment that goes beyond the four walls of any classroom. It is more than a source of knowledge and much grander than a way of organising content.Its roots are buried deep in the history of how we, the human race, interact with the world around us and change our brains. For you as a parent, understanding and reflecting on the process of learning provides important insight into much more than how your child will acquire knowledge. It will enable you to truly understand and embrace what learning means to you and, most importantly, to them.
Modern schools tend to limit the learning experience to the dimensions of the brain accessed by knowledge and reason, Yet, when we ask parents what they want most for their child, the answer is “Be happy, successful, solve problems, manage emotions, make decisions and use their talents.”
We are followers of the holistic learning theories. We see each human entity as a system of interacting dimensions and not as simply a body with a brain and spinal cord. As such, we seek to help you support the development of the whole child. We strive to help children grow toward their full potential in all dimensions: intellectual, emotional, social, artistic, moral, psychological, physical, aesthetic, creative, intuitive, spiritual, and others.
Children are not empty vessels to be filled with a predetermined body of knowledge. And they are certainly not circus seals to be trained to perform certain academic skills on command. Instead, children are thinking, feeling, emoting, creating, intuiting beings that use all these traits to come to know and act upon the world.