In my CEP 812 class, we read Part 1 of James Paul Gee’s book, The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students Through Digital Learning. Gee talks about many limitations of the human mind that prevent complex problem solving in a smart way. Lack of experience, in particular, is explained as being a vital component leading to problems with communication, and in turn, with solving problems.
When reading the first part of Gee’s book, I could not help but reflect upon my own teaching. Young students constantly make generalizations about the world around them, and teachers strive every day to communicate new vocabulary and meanings behind how things work. Based on a student’s lack of experience or different experiences from another student, they may perceive what the teacher is saying very differently. Having awareness of this, as a teacher, can certainly help, for teachers must value the fact that no two children think exactly alike.
The link below connects to an essay where I dive deeper into Gee’s book and explain how lack of experience can serve as a limitation preventing solving big, complex problems smartly.