A father once said to me at a parent-teacher conference, “I don’t send my son to school to have fun. I send him to learn.”
I responded with, “I wonder how much he will actually be learning if he isn’t having any fun. When was the last time you really learned something well, and you didn’t have fun?”
He thought for a while and replied, “I can’t think of anytime I ever learned something, important or not, where I didn’t have fun. It wasn’t all of it fun. Some was frustrating while I was working something out. But I see your point. Fun was always a significant component. The things I learned while not having fun were soon forgotten. Wow! I never thought about that.”
I’ve thought about it a lot because while I “learned” enough in school to get As and Bs and to pass the classes and graduate, I never behaved like a student unless I was having fun, and the things I “learned” to pass tests were forgotten almost before I got out the door. I can’t remember anything of my general education courses in college. I can’t even remember what those classes were without my transcripts. I didn’t enjoy any of them and I didn’t really learn anything in any of them. They weren’t fun.
Brains love learning so when brains are learning, they are having fun, they are doing what they were created to do. If learning isn’t fun, is it even learning?
School should be fun because it creates quality learning that lasts.
Calligraphy: Photo by Peter Griffin, via Public Domain Pictures.net.
This article was originally published on another website on March 24, 2010.