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16 Replies to “The Biggest Myth In Education”

  1. I’m not sure you proved a point on this one. i think most people would agree they learn best from multiple modes. If you want to make the statement that individuals don’t have a mode preference, you would have to exhaustively test whether or not a sample of individuals repeatedly performed best with a particular type of delivery. Pardon the skepticism but I don’t think you can make such an outlandish claim without providing more evidence to the contrary.

  2. What about some people find some writers to be very visual, like you’ve watched a movie set in words, while other writers are not so much. Then, some people see words as a code to pass an idea, while others are fascinated with words. And then some people find numbers to be very graphical and representative, while for others it’s a masses of data. Some movies are very conceptual, almost verbal, as if you’d read a book or attended a lecture. It might very well be that most people who answer on the street have a very simple understanding of what really means to be a visual learner. It’s not about just seeing picture vs reading the text (in example given there was a diagram that some people would simply not understand while most words would be understood by almost anybody). So it might very be the difference of how people process and store information, rather than how they receive it. Does a text resemble an idea or a picture? The examples given look like a proof that most people have misconception on what is actually what and how it works.

  3. It is proven to think like a ultronics sound wave so i can think like a mongool or a Hero but im still the number one or im the one with the perficty photograpich memory or a camera memory so i am the one that is the only one in this universe that has a perfect brain…. if you sign then i sighn. niehouw who shu harm – Gibbel –

  4. I consider myself a visual learner because when I was in school and had to learn many pages word by word I realized that I was remembering how the page was like ( for example up and right of the page there was a picture ,right above the picture it was talking about a certain matter, on the middle it was talking for an another matter which was underlined in a certain way etc.). I could build the picture of the page in my head without intentionally forcing myself to learn how the page was like. Also a friend of mine used to listen these texts on audio as this way was making it easier for her to remember them.

  5. I believe that one of the main reasons a child can’t learn is because they’re dealing with abuse in some form or another & they’re actually in survival mode & physically unable to learn, because that part of their brain is quite literally shut off. Learning “styles” are just a nice way of labeling kids & blaming the child for something (In this case for their inability to learn) that they have zero control over that exists somewhere in their environmnt (likely at home) So that the adults in their lives are not actually required to take ownership for, or make the environmental changes necessary for the childs success.

  6. My intuition is weak… I need deep engagement to understand and learn but once that part is done i can retain it better than other people

  7. Im a visual learner (even though its a myth) because I cant learn especially if the words is in english without presenting it visually BUT I can learn without seeing it visually IF the learning materials is made using my native language. So I think this video is right, visual learner is a myth.

  8. The map at 9:19 is wrong. Not to mention Crimea and Ukraine, but Kaliningrad is definitely part of Russia. You are bad at geography (

  9. I know it’s mostly for entertainment, but there’s a huge problem with the test performed on the street. It’s operationalization is very off! The people were actually only tested for their working or short-term memory – which should be around 7 ±2 items for untrained people. That does NOT represent what “learning” something completely new, i.e. names, concepts, ideas, connections, etc. in a school context means!

  10. I feel like the visual learner thing is not images only. It’s listening AND looking at an image/video. It’s kind of like how certain people like to have subtitles when watching something on tv or YouTube and etc. even though it’s in their language.

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