What does it mean to be a self-directed learner?

It means no matter what the circumstances, you know how to learn whatever you need to learn.  You have a learning process that you go through instead of just aiming for an end product.

The Industrial Revolution introduced the “conveyor belt education method.” You start a first grade child on the education conveyor belt of public education and in twelve years, bam!, you’ve got an end product that can function in any factory or assembly line. Only now, the conveyor belt starts way before first grade–day care, preschool, etc.

Why is this important?

  • because children are created to be learners and leaders. A baby can’t wait to explore his world. He’s curious about everything. Then somewhere around age 11 or 12, children that have been put on the conveyor belt education system say, “I don’t want to go to school. I don’t like to learn.” What happened to their curiosity and their joy of learning?
  • Our world is changing so quickly. If we just study a program or work for  a degree, by the time we’re working on the third year of a four year degree the technology has changed and the information is outdated.

That’s why we need to know HOW to learn. The great thing is you can find out how to learn by studying any subject. That means you can choose a topic that you are totally fascinated with and WANT to learn, and by developing a learning process you can learn all about it and anything else you want to know.

This is why it’s important to concentrate on the learning process and not the end product.

Click this link, Right Here, Right Now, to see how quickly our world is changing. It really makes you stop and think.