Mistakes Equal Achievement
We were all done a disservice with the way were taught to learn. In school, information was presented to us, we attempted to memorize it, then we were tested on our retention. The goal was to get roughly and eighty percent or above the first time around.
Most of us couldn't recall what we 'learned' during our formative years if our lives depended on it. This type of education taught us to pass tests, but did not lead to long-term knowledge. Contrastingly, things we did experientially remain with us for the most part.
As I am typing this post, I don't think about where the letters are on the keyboard. If I did, I would lose the ability to keep typing. This type of memory is known as procedural or implicit memory compared to memorizing facts, which is referred to as declarative or explicit memory. The former category of memory is formed by experience. This is learning that really gets in your bones.
However, to acquire it requires making lots of mistakes on the way to proficiency. This is real learning. I cannot tell you who was in my typing class in high school or who taught it. But I can type to this day. Furthermore, I cannot recall all the mistakes I made; they are long forgotten.
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