Why Dont Students Like School - A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom


How much do I want to read more? 7/10

It's about meta thinking. What make thinking hard, how it works, and how to make it more simple?
Until now it's mostly common sense: we don't get interested in solving problems that are too easy, or too hard.
Next comes the process of thinking, the short terme and long term memory…
It's discussed in other books. It might be worth reading in speed reading here.


Introduction

We have learned more about how the mind works in the last twenty-five years than we did in the previous twenty-five hundred.

how your students’ minds work, and to clarify how to use that knowledge to be a better teacher.

1- Why Don’t Students Like School?

Question: Most of the teachers I know entered the profession because they loved school as children.They want to help their students feel the same excitement and passion for learning that they felt.

Answer: Contrary to popular belief, the brain is not designed for thinking. It’s designed to save you from having to think.
Thinking is slow and unreliable.

People are naturally curious, but we are not naturally good thinkers; unless the cognitive conditions are right, we will avoid thinking.

The Mind Is Not Designed for Thinking

“Most of the time what we do is what we do most of the time.”
The implications for education sound rather grim. If people are bad at thinking and try to avoid it, what does that say about students’ attitudes toward school?
We are naturally curious, and we look for opportunities to engage in certain types of thought. But because thinking is so hard, the conditions have to be right for this curiosity to thrive.

People Are Naturally Curious, but Curiosity Is Fragile

we quickly evaluate how much mental work it will take to solve the problem. If it’s too much or too little, we stop working on the problem if we can.
Instead of making the work easier, is it possible to make thinking easier?

How Thinking Works