“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” When Benjamin Franklin stated those remarkable words, he encapsulated one of the gold standards of education: “experiential learning,” or what is often referred to as “learning by doing.” He knew. He understood. Time and time again it has been proven that telling a child something yields little, teaching a child something provides greater benefits, but involving that student in an active – rather than passive – manner is one of the best ways to get them to really learn. Our challenge is to constantly seek ways to do just that. Sometimes it is not easy. It’s often simpler and more expeditious to just “tell” students, but having them be participants in that learning will always win out.
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
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