How can we best help students? Cultivate their love for learning. | John Hardin

How can we best help students? Cultivate their love for learning. | John Hardin


A fun exercise is to ask someone when was
a time when you were really passionate, when you were just super fired up about learning. When you couldn’t stop. You stayed up late at night because you had
to learn more about something. For me it was the time that stands out was
the first time that I did some public speaking. I didn’t want to do it. I was sort of peer pressured into it. I refused. They got me to do it and there I am standing
there with my little manuscript with hundreds of people looking at me. My hands are shaking and I started speaking
and for me it was this just like eureka moment. It was crazy. I loved it and it felt natural. And so I immediately just poured myself into
how can I become a better public speaker. Or what are the opportunities to do that. What does it look like to teach? How do you get involved in teaching? I want to help to transfer information and
share information with people. I asked my wife this question the other day
and her mom was a schoolteacher. And so she would have to hang out in the library
while her mom was finishing up schoolwork. She was reading a magazine and came across
this article about an Ebola outbreak and she just thought it was fascinating. And so she just went on to read all these
medical textbooks. She bought the encyclopedia of communicable
diseases, carried it with her everywhere and she’s just a kid, right. It’s crazy. And she still has it. But she was so passionate about it. So if you think about for you what was that
time or you ask somebody else that question I think what we find is there’s these common
threads that run through it all. That it’s something that you’re passionate
about. It’s something that connects with you. It’s relevant to you. It has meaning to you and that’s where that
love of learning really sparks and begins to grow. And so the question then is how do we help
our kids. I mean as a dad that’s one of the biggest
things on my mind. It’s one of the greatest gifts I could give
my kids is help them cultivate a love for learning. And to do that what I’ve got to do is help
them understand themselves. Help them connect with what they’re passionate
about and then build out the experiences and the knowledge around them so that they can
explore and learn more. And then I’ve got to partner with educators
and teachers and others so that in our education process it’s not just me as a dad but we’re
all working together to help kids cultivate that spark, that love of learning. Because I can’t think of much that’s better
than that that we could give to our kids. it’s interesting that if you went to school
in this country, if you went to school in the U.S. then it’s very, very likely that
you and I went through the same sort of school process. Because for the most part we all did. We all went in this country went through the
same schooling. So then the question is well why is that. Well we have to look at the history of education
to understand it a little bit. Schools began to develop in the colonies in
1630 and really started in Massachusetts. By the late nineteenth century, by the end
of the 1800s you had schools that had popped up all across the country and you had this
incredible diversity of philosophies and formats in education. So, of course then one of the concerns became
well how do we ensure that every student has the same opportunity and that every student
gets the same quality of education. That’s a valid concern. It’s a really important question. The National Education Association actually
convened in 1892 what’s called the Committee of Ten. It was this committee of ten leaders in education. Most of them were presidents of colleges and
universities. It was chaired by Charles Eliot who was the
president of Harvard University. And the charge before this committee was to
really develop or to create a sort of uniform roadmap for how to do school. So they met with subcommittees and they produced
this report in 1893 that really laid out this format for school. If you think about what your school experience
was like and I think about what my school experience was like you probably had eight
years of primary education. You probably had four years of secondary education. You probably went to school nine months out
of the year from about eight o’clock to three o’clock, five days a week. You took a very specific sort of linear progression
in English and math, probably 60 minute sections on each subject. In high school you probably took a year of
biology, you took a year of chemistry, you had a year or two of foreign language. That is in a sense the framework that was
laid out in 1893 for what school should look like. In fact, the recommendation of the committee,
they unanimously agreed that every subject should be taught to every student in the same
way and to the same extent regardless of destination. So in other words every subject should be
taught in the same way and to the same extent. It doesn’t matter where kids are going or
where they’re at. That’s how we approach education. The challenge of course there is that every
kid is not the same. Every kid is different. And so we find ourselves today still with
that same approach in education. This sort of uniform system approach that
does not really take into account the unique interests, the unique skills of each kid.

34 thoughts on “How can we best help students? Cultivate their love for learning. | John Hardin

  1. Let's start with making ignorance unacceptable and education affordable. Learning is self fulfilling and replicates itself. Get rid of Betsy DeVos and the dumbing down culture that she brought with her.

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  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQiW_l848t8

    The only place to start with compulsory, industrial schooling is with its origins. If you haven't heard John Taylor Gatto lay out the original master plan for compulsory education, start here. And expect to have your complete understanding of society turned up side down by one fact after another, directly linked to the source material from which that fact has been based. The Trivium and Quadrivium element of this topic represents no more than 1% of the material but is of itself, fascinating. You're welcome! 😁

  4. A question I am trying to find the answer for is how to lead people of all ages to love learning things that are good and good for all. For it is this love of learning that is the best use of our existence

  5. I agree about how daunting it can be the uniform teaching of how everything should be taught to kids the same way, regardless of who they are or what their interests are. I think to tackle this there needs to be some diversity of subjects or electives in schools to branch out of the ordinary core subjects that everyone needs to know and just give the students some freedom to choose which classes they want. Not to say that the students shouldn't learn maths, sciences, etc. But add in some flavour into the learn with a variety of courses that may intrigue some students, and not just make core subjects the only thing to learn in school. I don't know about every high school today but I am certain that many of them has this option.

  6. Ahhh, so the question raised didn't yield sufficient results maybe? So it's important to not just educate, but to cultivate a love of learning, and I must add, a love of learning for what is good! Knowing what question we answer is very important in our world, we know this. Anyways, with this question and the proper use of technology that we currently have, the possibility of us reforming education is very near

  7. Easy.. instead of every student taking classes that they don't need we should have education that is more specific toward each individual's goal. Students approval for university is decided by the grades that they got in classes that have nothing to do with their career goal… it makes no sense

  8. Lifelong learning must be modeled by the adults!!! In a world of experts and know it alls, there’s nothing left to learn. 😂

  9. I still didn’t get the answer for the question HOW can we help? He just repeated that we have to help the kids which is obvious. I get frustrated with these types of people

  10. Maybe instead of having a system that rewards corruption, lying and stealing and isn't a meritocracy you shift the culture to actually care about ethics and reward intelligence instead of reality TV characters.

  11. How to cultivate the love of learning? Allowing the curiosity and helping the construction of knowledge. That's seems pretty obvious, but it's not. That implicates a non elitizing education system; education is a social issue, we can't denie that.

  12. I am a teacher from Colombia (a country with little resources for public education), I think that everybody can criticize the education system, however if you wanted to find solutions, it would be difficult. The message of the video is a general solution, it isn´t very specific.

  13. Nice presentation. But I'd like to point out that the moment of discovery that learning is fun can happen at any age of education level. I teach college geology, including an intro survey. I am enthusiastic verging on passionate about the subject. It rubs off now and then. You can see a physical startle. I can almost hear an "OH!" as they get it. And it's easy to generalize the eureka moment across all subjects. It can happen with 18 year olds who think they know everything. It's happened with 70 year olds. Imagine a world when it happens to all children in grade school and they never stop. Wow!

  14. the passion stopped when institutionalized learning became PC mind screws, complete turn off – now we simply seek out smaller niche educational forums that don't apply narratives – we pay for a specific subject matter expertise and expect professors/teachers to keep their "opinions" to themselves (right or left) / you can't give 'every' student the same opportunities and quality of study beyond about the sixth grade … interests vary, intelligence vary, personal application varies, and resources vary from community to community – stop trying to take from the masses to produce a socialist state that actually lessons the effectiveness of learning at the top – it's become a national environment of little more than "crab-pot" institutions (crab mentality)

  15. First of all, before you even consider preaching on the matter, please elaborate the reason behind your academic credential of 3 degrees from 3 vastly removed subjects?

    If you are really that eager to learn and strive to instigate such ferocious appetite for learning, was that choice of yours can be objectively perceived as reasonable?!

    Two possible scenarios.
    1. You dont even know yourself.
    2. It's all about boosting chances of landing to perfect career;
    which upon looking your employment history is positively correlated with first scenario.

    Please don't waste anyone's time by propagating ideas even yourself struggled so long to fathom and have it realized!

  16. I really love to study history of art and I like to do some research on leonardo da vincci. I think studying makes the life worth living rather than consuming stuff.

  17. It's nothing to do with "delivering… and …transferring information" it is everything to do with successive experience for the learner in interpreting information. For how long are we going to ASSUME that teachers have it wrong when we are flat out facing a cultural collapse that is outside the sterility and confines of a traditional school facility and philosophical / cultural structure?

  18. How to help students? I'll tell you:

    1. Don't overcharge them and leave them with crippling debt.
    2. Don't have many, if any at all, classes with mandatory attendance.
    3. Have as little as possible mandatory classes, but have a big pool of elective classes to fill out semestrial credit requirements.
    4. Have an economy, or rather a mentality in you culture, where part-time jobs are plentiful. (To clarify, there are some countries with strong economies out there who do not have part-time jobs whatsoever, solely because it is just not in their mentality, their culture. This must change.)

  19. Sounds like corporate jargon applied to non-profits. The words "synergy", "multifaceted collaboration by multiple stakeholders" and "1+1=3" come to mind. Not really of any value nor good in practical application, but good for elevator pitches to the inexperienced. The Step Brothers (Will Ferrell movie) Prestige Worldwide pitch is a good alternative to this guy's pitch. For reference here is the link if interested: https://youtu.be/ciS914MaDl8

  20. Kids are by default lovers of learning. Babies will watch clips of gravity defying balls 3x more often than normal gravity obeying balls. They are curious. So it’s basically how can we not destroy their love for learning.

  21. you know what the #1 step is in order to accomplish this??? -> ACTUALLY GET TO KNOW YOUR STUDENTS! then you can relate the information to them in a way that interests them

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