1. Ask Questions
Rather than giving answers, adults help children become lifelong learners by helping them identify questions that pique their curiosity. When we help young people make associations between what they are studying at school and the world outside of the classroom, they learn that everything in the universe is connected, that lifelong learning is an endless process.
2. Let Them Fail
Most adults know that learning occurs when we are willing to risk failure. But with today’s focus on high-stakes testing, many parents feel the need to protect their children and teens from setbacks and failure.
With caring and encouragement, adults can help young people use mistakes and failures to facilitate lifelong learning.
3. Give them Learning Experiences
Learning through experience, not just from books, is one of the best ways to give youth the skills they need for lifelong learning, living, and working in the 21st century. Particularly in the teen years, service-learning provides experiences that nurture critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and the ability to see the world as an interconnected community.
“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” – Albert Einstein
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates
“We learn from failure, not from success!” – Bram Stoker
“Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia
“Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain.” – Aristotle