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Breaking the ah-durn myth of permanence in ability

We need to begin providing students with
ways to improve their ability to think and
learn. Our current model of learning: that
students are naturally and more permanently
stronger in some areas and weaker in other
areas, leaves effort as the only variable.

Our present model of learning may be
adequate for middle class students where
harmful socio-economic environments are not
as much of a factor. But millions of other
students, this model is creating feelings
of permanence in ability and tremendouss
anxiety for students. It is creating many
social problems.

This ah-durn myth fails to recognize the
tremendous effect our individual
environments play in aiding or impeding our
ability to think and learn. My learning
theory will provide two large variables
which we can use to show how our individual
environments affect our abilities and how
we can learn to use and teach the use of
these variales to improve learning and
esteem for millions of students and adults.

My theory is on my web site at
http://homestead.juno.com/mayfieldga/Learnin
gtheory or you can request a free copy by e-
mail or disk.

Rick Lynn, mayfieldga@juno.com,
7/21/00

This month's letters:

  • Educational Evaluators, 7/31/00, by Cyndy.
  • Alternatives to the NEA, 7/24/00, by JM.
  • Interview Questions, 7/24/00, by Heyley.
  • Uk Chatboard., 7/21/00, by aguk.
  • Breaking the ah-durn myth of permanence in ability, 7/21/00, by Rick Lynn.
  • Testing and School Supplies, 7/21/00, by Natalie.
  • Cooperative Learning & Interactive Skills, 7/20/00, by P. Schmidt.
  • Mother of All Voucher Battles!, 7/19/00, by David Blomstrom.
  • Campaign Donations, 7/19/00, by David Blomstrom.
  • teacher pay, 7/15/00, by Pat.
  • This Web/Teachers Only, 7/15/00, by The parent you resent.
  • teacher pay, 7/13/00, by Ralph.
  • Who Do We Have To Blame?, 7/13/00, by questions2much.
  • Who Do We Have To Blame?, 7/11/00, by Beacon.
  • Remarks by Sec. of Educ Richard Riley at NECC 2000, 7/03/00, by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley.

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