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How YOU view and define learning has a tremendous impact on how you approach homeschooling your kids.

In this article and podcast episode, we’re going to look at the definition and history of the word learn, how we approach learning, and how your beliefs about how children learn impacts your family.

In addition, you’ll find helpful videos about learning further down this page. This article is useful and thought-provoking whether you homeschool your kids or not.

Definitions of Learning, Education, and School

When we first started writing this article, the intention was to ask you the question, “What do you believe about education?”  However, as we proceeded with defining the words school and education, it became clear that these two words are frequently used interchangeably. The words school and education have become nearly synonymous in meaning. As a result, we have shifted our focus to help you consider how children, and human beings in general, learn best. 

School & Education Are Different.

Education can happen anywhere at any time.

School vs Education vs Learning

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we believe that for homeschool families, the words school and education have very different connotations and that one does not need to go to school to “be educated” or “to learn.”

Since our society uses the words education and school interchangeably, we decided to answer the question:  “What is learning?”

Consider how your personal education and experiences have impacted your belief system about how children learn. Your belief system about how children learn and should be educated impacts your family tremendously.

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How Do YOU Learn Best?

Ask the following questions about yourself.

  • How do you learn best?
  • What do you like to do? Think about what interests you. What do you need to learn more about to effectively navigate your life?
  • Where do you have the most enjoyable learning experiences?
  • When do you learn best?
  • Why do you like to learn?

After thinking about how you learn best, think about something you’ve always wanted to learn. If you could learn this thing for yourself, not for a grade, how would you approach learning this new thing?

Let's Define Learning! How do you learn?

What is the Definition of Learning? Schooling vs Learning

Have you ever thought about what learning actually is and how a person learns?

How do you know when your child has truly learned something?

Do we need to follow a school-at-home model for our children to learn?

How Do Children Learn Best?

Ask the following questions about how your child learns.

  • How does your child learn best?
  • What does your child like to do, and what interests your child? What do they need to learn to become an independent adult?
  • Where does your child have the most enjoyable learning experiences?
  • When does your child learn best?
  • Why does your child like to learn?

How does your definition of learning compare with how you currently educate your child?

If you’re following a traditional school model and doing school-at-home, do you believe this is the best way to help your child learn?

How Do YOU Define Learning?

Take a moment to define learning for yourself.

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Defining the Word Learn

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition of Learn.

verb: a1) to gain knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience; a2) memorize; b) to come to be able; c) to come to realize

verb: a) nonstandard : teach b) obsolete : to inform of something

verb: to come to know: hear

intransitive verb: to acquire knowledge or skill or a behavioral tendency

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
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The Definition of Learning

Does Merriam-Webster’s definition of learning match the way YOU define the word learn? 

By today’s definition, the word learn is about acquiring knowledge, understanding, or a skill.  Notice how there are various ways to gain specific knowledge, understanding, or skill. 

According to this definition of the word learn, one could study, receive instruction, have an experience, or hear about something to learn. 

Do you also notice how the words school and educate are not included in the definition of learn?

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Learner’s Dictionary: A Simplified Definition of Learn

Here is the definition of the word learn as defined in the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary.

The word learn means to:

  1. gain knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something.
  2. cause (something) to be in your memory by studying it : memorize
  3. hear or be told (something): to find out (something)
  4. become able to understand (something) through experience

While this isn’t always the case, the full definition and the simplified definition seem to be nearly the same. 

The obsolete meaning of learn isn’t mentioned here, but we’ll examine that definition later as we study the history of the word learn. 

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Note: School & Educate are NOT Used in the Definition of Learn

Again, notice that the words school and educate are not used within the definition of learn.  This is important because it is often unnecessary to go to school to learn.

Also, there are two aspects of being educated. One side of education is the person who is learning, and the other side is the source that is teaching. The teaching, however, can come in various forms: books, articles, videos, experiences, teachers, parents, friends, etc.  

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An Example: Schooling vs Learning vs Education

Just as it is unnecessary to go to school to learn, it is not always necessary to go to school to be educated. A person can learn and become educated about many different things outside of a school setting.

With that being said, when going into surgery, most people would rather have a surgeon who was educated at a university medical school. So, there are certainly times when schooling is in order. However, for the medical student to learn, motivation and desire are essential to the process.

On the other hand, your mother may not have had a license as a hair stylist, but she may have been motivated to cut your hair because she thought it would be fun or to save money. If she practiced on you and your siblings enough times, she may have even become proficient at cutting your hair. In essence, your mom could educate herself about haircutting through experience.

However, if your mom wanted to cut your hair better, she could learn better techniques to give you a better haircut. To improve her education, your mom could attend school to become a licensed stylist. However, in today’s society, she’s more likely to watch a few YouTube videos to learn better haircutting techniques. In essence, she could educate herself without schooling. Your mom could learn enough to get the results she wants: a free, but decent, haircut at home.

Hopefully, this example has helped you see the differences between education and schooling. As a homeschooling parent, you can guide your child’s education. And as a student, your child can learn in various ways.

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3 Key Points About Learning to Remember

Learning is a change in knowledge, skills, or behavior resulting from experience.

Let’s analyze the three components of this classic definition.

The change produced by learning can divided into three parts.

First you sense your environment, then you adapt your response, and finally you record the experience.

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You Can Guide Your Child’s Education

At times you will be the teacher, and in other instances, your child will learn from various resources like books, videos, tutors, classes, and real-world experiences.

While it is important for your child to develop the skill and love of learning, enrolling your child in a traditional public school is generally unnecessary for them to be well-educated.

In essence, you are your child’s educational guide. As a homeschooling parent, you’ll want to create an environment that makes learning fun and sparks further curiosity.

Check out this article to further explore your belief system about education.

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Schooling, Education, Learning, & Homeschooling

Mark Twain has often been quoted as saying,

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

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While there is some debate about who said this quote, the sentiment is clear, there is a difference between schooling and education.

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we’ll expand this idea one step further, we believe that you should never let your homeschooling interfere with your child’s learning.

To learn more about this concept, you’ll want to join our workshop that’s designed to help you homeschool your kids successfully.

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The Etymology of Learn

What the word Learn Used to Mean

We’re sharing the history of the word learn as defined in the Online Etymology Dictionary.  Please note that to keep the focus on the definition, we’ve removed most of where the word is derived. 

Online Etymology Dictionary: Definition of Learn

  • “to get knowledge, be cultivated; study, read, think about”
  • “to learn,” Gothic lais “I know,” with a base sense of “to follow or find the track, “furrow, track.”
  • It is related to German Gleis “track,” and to Old English læst “sole of the foot” (see last (n.1)).

Interesting Facts About the Word Learn

Here is some interesting information about the word learn.

  • From c. 1200, as “to hear of, ascertain.
  • Transitive use (He learned me (how) to read), now considered vulgar (except in reflexive expressions, I learn English), was acceptable from c. 1200 until early 19c. It is preserved in past-participle adjective learned, “having knowledge gained by study.” Old English also had læran “to teach” (see lere). Related: Learning.

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Define Learning: History of Learn vs. Present Use of Learn

On the surface, the definition of the word learn seems to be the same today as it was thousands of years ago.  However, there are a few differences.

  1. The word follow has been dropped from the definition.
  2. The next distinguishable difference is that while the words knowledge and study are used in both past and current definitions, the words cultivated, read, and think were only used in past definitions.

What do you think of this modification in the definition?

Learning & Teaching Are Different.

A teacher may teach, but a student may not learn what is taught.

Reviewing the Word Learn

In review, it’s important to note that the single word learn was once used for what are now the two distinct words: teach and learn.  Over the years, the words have evolved to have separate meanings. 

Learn vs. Teach

Today, the word learn implies that an individual is acquiring knowledge, skill, or understanding. On the other hand, the word teach implies that one is to cause, accustom, guide, conduct, instruct, or impart knowledge, consequences, actions, or attitude upon someone else. 

We have summarized the definition of teach by examining the definition of teach in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 

Once again, please note that the words educate, education and school are not used in the current or past definition of the word learn.

Why is this important? Because one does not necessarily need to go to school to learn or be well-educated.

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This is a helpful video that will help you understand how people learn.

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Video: How We Learn – Your Brain

Meet your brain. Weighing in at about 3 pounds, this single organ accounts for about 20% of your body’s blood, oxygen, and energy usage. The brain houses 18 billion neurons with each neuron having somewhere between a thousand and 10,000 synapses or connections to other neurons.

Every thought, every action, and every memory is managed and stored in these neural pathways.

What does this mean?

Every brain is unique and uniquely organized.

Historically though, schools have educated students as if they had identical brains. This is due to the drive to ensure standardized accountability.

Education has sought not to facilitate learning, but conformity.

As the establishment of education systematically disassembles our students creativity and motivation, students engage with new learning less and less, and are not retaining learning and long-term memory.

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Differences Between the Words: Educate, School, & Learn

Try the following exercises. First, we’ll ask a series of questions with the word educate, then replace the word educate with the word school.

Education vs. School: Questions to Ask Yourself

Replace the word educate with the word school.  Consider your thoughts as you replace each word.

  • What is education?  →  What is school?
  • Why do we educate our kids?  →  Why do we school our kids?
  • Where does education take place?  →  Where does school take place?
  • When should education happen?  →  When should school happen?
  • How should you educate your kids?  →  How should you school your kids?
  • Who tells us how to be educated?  →  Who tells us how to be schooled?
  • Who tells parents how we should educate our children? → Who tells parents how we should school our children?

Notice how school flows fairly easily as we replace the word educate.

Education vs School

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Education vs Learn

Education vs Learn: More Questions to Ask Yourself

Repeat the exercise by replacing the word educate with the word learn.  Consider your thoughts as you replace each word.

Please don’t mind the poor grammar. We’re trying to make a point by directly replacing the word educate with the word learn.

  • What is education?  →  What is learning?
  • Why do we educate our kids?  →  Why do we learn our kids?
  • Where does education take place?  →  Where does schooling take place?
  • When should education happen?  →  When should learning happen?
  • How should you educate your kids?  →  How should you learn your kids?
  • Who tells us how to be educated?  →  Who tells us how to be learned?
  • Who tells parents how we should educate our children? → Who tells parents how we should learn our children?

Notice how the word learn doesn’t work well in place of the word educate.  We’ll discuss this a bit more in the following paragraphs.

What Does School Look Like?

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Are School & Education Synonymous?

Why is it that the exercise above worked fairly well when we replaced the word educate with school, but not when we replaced the word educate with learn?

There are two major differences

  1. The first is that in today’s society, the words educate and school have nearly synonymous meanings.  However, at HomeSchool ThinkTank, we believe that school and education have very different meanings.
  2. The next difference is that schooling is something that is done to or for a child, whereas learning is something that one must do for oneself. 

The primary reason these words are easily exchanged is that, in our society, the words school and education have become nearly synonymous. 

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we believe that school and education are different.

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Thoughts About School

We want to share our thoughts about the word school. Later in this article, we share our thoughts about the word education.

What is education?  →  What is school?

A school is a physical place where kids go to be educated.  At HomeSchool ThinkTank™, we see that in many ways, schools are educating students in a manner of methods and ways that we don’t agree with.  Some of these methods have been happening for decades.  Check out this blog post to learn more about the book, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto.

Why do we educate our kids?  →  Why do we school our kids?

Mostly, we school our kids because it’s mandated.   There might be other reasons too, but the one undeniable reason is that school is mandated.

Where does education take place?  →  Where does school take place?

School takes place at the designated building in the designated district at the designated times.

How should you educate your kids?  →  How should you school your kids?

As a society, we generally don’t school our own kids. Usually, kids go to public school.  When kids don’t go to school, and parents teach government-mandated subjects at home, it’s called homeschooling.

*See the note about homeschooling below.

Who tells us how to be educated?  →  Who tells us how to be schooled?

Generally speaking, your local government mandates that children be schooled and that parents and children comply with their regulations.

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A Note About Homeschooling

Did You Know…

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we don’t love the word homeschooling. However, this is what people call it when kids don’t go to school and are educated from home. As a result, we chose the name HomeSchool ThinkTank. Learn why we coined the term True Homeschooling in this podcast episode.

The word homeschooling is a legal designation for educating one’s child from home and outside of the public school system. Learn more about the differences between true homeschooling and doing public school at home online during or after the COVIC-19 Pandemic.

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What Do You Think Education Looks Like?

Education can happen in many different ways and many different places.

School does not necessarily equal education.

While education can happen at school, it can also happen in many other ways.

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we think every parent should read Dumbing Us Down, by John Taylor Gatto. The late Mr. Gatto taught in public schools for decades and shares a perspective that should not be overlooked.

Now that you’ve taken time to consider both the current and historical definitions of education, it’s important to consider what education means to you. 

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What is Education? HomeSchool ThinkTank’s Perspective

Here is what education means to us and also what it doesn’t mean to us.

Let’s reiterate what education isn’t. 

  • School and education are not synonymous.  Quite frankly, education is not about school at all.
  • Education isn’t about an adult teaching a group of children.

Education is about helping a child, or any person, learn what they need to know to progress in life. Educating your children is also about helping them learn more about what they find interesting.

At HomeSchool ThinkTank™, we believe that life is education and that you can guide your child’s education in a variety of ways.

HomeSchool ThinkTank’s Definition of Education:

Learning ideas, concepts, and skills that are interesting and useful to an individual.

HomeSchool ThinkTank’s Definition of Education

If education must be summarized and put into a box, then it could be said that education is about learning ideas, concepts, and skills that are interesting and useful to an individual. 

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Why Do We Educate Our Kids?

This is a complex question. Let’s consider why our society educates children.

Are we viewing this question as though the word educate is synonymous with school? 

Let’s answer the question as though education and schooling were the same.

  • Maybe it’s so that a child learns to do math, read, write, and learn other subjects at school. 
  • Is it so that a child can learn to take direction from others? 
  • Do we educate our kids so that they can get into a good college? 
  • Perhaps our children need to be educated to get a good job.
  • Do you educate your kids because it’s what you are supposed to do?
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Education and School are Different

Education and school are two unique concepts. They are not equivalent. 

While our society has nearly equated school with education, let’s separate them.

Truly consider why we might want to educate our children. 

Ideas About Why We Educate Our Kids

  • Maybe you want your kids to learn information and skills that you think will be useful.
  • Perhaps you want your children’s lives to be better than your own.
  • You want to help your children gain confidence through learning.
  • Do you educate your children with the goal of developing a life-long love of learning?
  • You want your children to add value to themselves, their community, and the world.

There are many more reasons to help educate your children.

Why do you want and need to educate your children?

Where Does Education Take Place?

Education can and does take place at school.  Make no mistake about it, your children are always being educated.

Where does education happen?

  • At home.
  • A friend’s house.
  • Indoors.
  • Outdoors.
  • At a nature center
  • In a museum.
  • At the grocery store.
  • On a trip.
  • At the library.

Education can happen…

Anywhere a human can exist.

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When Should Education Happen?

When the words education and school are used synonymously, your local government will tell you when education is to happen.

In America, most schooling takes place from mid-August to the end of May. From 8:00 to 3:00, Monday through Friday, most children are usually at a school building.

Outside of these times, children are frequently expected to continue their government-mandated schooling at home in the form of homework.

Ultimately, your child’s well-meaning teacher will tell your child, and subsequently you, what your family will be doing each evening.

Yes, your government’s public school will not only fill your child’s days, but they will fill your family’s evenings with homework and steal your family time too.

Learning vs Education vs School

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Education need not appear as it does in a school classroom.

Life Dictated by the Government

When your children are in school, not only will your child spend time doing as mandated by the government, but your child and family will have less time to learn and do activities that are important to your family.

However, when we decide that education and school are completely different concepts, then education can happen at any time.  Sometimes we are guiding our children’s education with intention. At other times, our children are learning in more natural ways.

The great differentiator between homeschooling and public school is choice and flexibility.

People like parents, coaches, and tutors; can help teach, guide, and educate your child, and your child can also educate themselves.

In many ways, children are perfectly capable of educating themselves. Children will educate themselves when they need or want to learn something important to themselves.

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This is one of many aggravating stories you can hear from well-meaning teachers in the public education system.

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we believe most teachers go into the profession with good intentions and genuinely want to help students succeed. However, teachers are frequently at odds with the system.

How Should You Educate Your Children?

The point of this article, and other related articles, is to help you examine your belief system about school, education, learning, and homeschooling. This is critical if you want to make an informed decision about how to approach your child’s education.

Start questioning everything about school, education, homeschooling, and learning that you have previously believed to be true. The point of this article is to help you see opportunity and a different way of doing things.

Start by thinking about what is in your child’s best interest.  Consider what would benefit your child and how your child learns best.

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we believe homeschooling is about education and much more.

However, homeschooling isn’t the right choice for every family. If you have questions about homeschooling, you can learn more about how we serve homeschooling families here.

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Learn More About Homeschooling

Homeschooling truly is a lifestyle. It is a way of living.

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we believe that to succeed with homeschooling, you need to focus on three concepts.

  1. Connection.
  2. Community.
  3. Education.

To learn more, register for our workshop.

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Who Tells Us How to Be Educated?

When the word education is used as a synonym for school, your local government tells you how to educate your kids.  Even when children go to school, parents might try to supplement their child’s education with other activities.  However, between school and homework, a school child’s time is very limited.

On the other hand, when you break free of the school mindset and truly homeschool your kids, a whole new world of educational opportunities awaits you. 

Ultimately, if you have the option to homeschool where you live, you do choose how to educate your family.

If you are interested in homeschooling your kids, you can learn how to start homeschooling your kids here.

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What Do You Think Education Looks Like?

Once again, education is about learning, it is not about school.

  • Education can look any way that you want it to.
  • One does not need to wait to be educated by others.
  • Education can happen alone or with others at any time or place.
  • A person must want or need to learn and then take steps to acquire the knowledge they need to get the results they want.
  • When a person is well-educated in a specific area, then he or she can apply what they have learned in real-world situations.
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True Homeschooling Is About Learning & Education

True homeschoolers realize that education is not about emulating school at home. When it comes to education, true homeschooling parents focus on helping their children learn what they need to know to progress in life. Homeschooling moms & dads also help their kids learn more about their own interests. The ultimate way for a child to illustrate their learning is by sharing their knowledge and passion with others.

What Does Learning Look Like?

How Do You Learn? Let's Define Learning.

Do you see how children, and people, can learn anywhere? Learning is not the same as school. Learning does not need to take place in a classroom or even at a desk.

Meaning of Learning: Thoughts About How to Define Learning

Now that you’ve had some time to consider what learning means to you, we’d like to share what it means it means to us.

*The grammar will be poor in the following example sentences but try to focus on the purpose of the exercise instead of the grammar.

 

What is education?  →  What is learning*?

Here is our simplified definition.  Learning is gaining knowledge, skills, or understanding of an idea.

You have learned when you can take information in, process it, and then use it.

Why do we educate our kids?  →  Why do we learn* our kids?

We don’t “learn” our kids.  This is something the child has to do.  We can try to teach a child, but they will only learn if they are interested and want to learn the information or skill and are motivated on some level. Ultimately, learning comes from within.

Where does education take place?  →  Where does learning* take place?

Learning can take place anywhere. Education can also take place anywhere, although it is largely associated with learning at school.

When should education happen?  →  When should learning* happen?

Sometimes we are learning intentionally, and other times we are learning unintentionally.  As a result, learning is happening nearly all of the time. 

We are constantly consuming information. While we discard much information, we process and use some of what we absorb, and as a result, we are forever learning.

How should you educate your kids?  →  How should you learn* your kids?

As previously mentioned, we don’t “learn” our kids.  Once again, this illustrates how learning is something one does for oneself. Educating or schooling is something we do to or for another individual or group of persons.

While one person can try to teach another person, the other person will only learn if they are interested and ready to learn. 

If you want to know how you should teach your kids or how your children should learn, the answer would be “in a way that is interesting to the child and sparks further curiosity.”

Who tells us how to be educated?  →  Who tells us how to be learned*?

Once again, local governments set forth laws about what your children are to learn.  However, as homeschooling parents, we can help our children learn in a variety of ways. 

Hopefully, you can keep the love of learning alive so your children become intentional life-long learners.

*Yes, we’re using poor grammar, but the purpose of the exercise is to help illustrate the differences between education, school, and learning.

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What is the Definition of Learning?

After reviewing various dictionary definitions and reading a substantial amount about learning, the following is HomeSchool ThinkTank’s definition of learning.

Learning is the process of gaining knowledge, skills, or understanding of an idea.

How Does a Person Learn?

The process of learning happens through study, instruction, experience, and the gathering of information.

HomeSchool ThinkTank’s Definition of Learning

Learning is the process of gaining knowledge, skills, or understanding of an idea.

How Can a Person Demonstrate that They Have Learned?

You have learned when you can take information in, process it, and then use it.

  • A person can demonstrate that they have learned by the following:
    • exhibiting a new behavior
    • sharing a new skill or knowledge with others:
      • with a product such as a painting, book, or meal
      • performing
      • teaching
    • passing a test to show competence.

Evolution of Words: Education, School, & Learn

There are problems with definitions as they develop over time

The biggest challenge is when two words begin to merge and become nearly synonymous.  For example, this is happening with the words education and school.

On the other hand, it‘s not problematic when a word begins to separate and become more clear in it’s meaning. 

For example, in the past, the word learn was used to indicate that one has “been taught” or “to learn.” 

Today, we have two words to indicate that one has absorbed information through learning or that one has shared information through teaching. 

However, each word learn and teach – has a distinct meaning.

How Do You Define Learning?

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More Articles & Podcast Episodes About School, Education, Learning, & Homeschooling

This article is part of a series about education, school, learning, and homeschooling. We dive into the history of each word, your belief systems around those words, and how this impacts your approach to raising, educating, and homeschooling your children.

We suggest you review the other articles and listen to their corresponding podcast episodes.

  • Your Belief System Around Education. Your beliefs about education and how that can impact your approach to raising your kids. 
  • School vs. Education. This article examines the definitions and history of school and education and how the meanings have changed over the years. 

It’s time for our society to begin to recognize the tremendous impact that our beliefs about school, education, and learning have on families and children.

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The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything

In this TEDx Talk, Josh Kaufman shares how most people can become quite good at something with 20 hours of dedicated and deliberate practice. He also shares how learning is usually more about your emotional state than your intellectual ability.

The major barrier to learning something new is not intellectual. It’s emotional. It’s not the process of you learning a bunch of little tips, or tricks, or things.

The major barrier is emotional.

We’re scared. Feeling stupid doesn’t feel good.

In the beginning of learning anything new, you feel really stupid.

So the major barrier is not intellectual. It’s emotional.

But, put 20 hours into anything.

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