Why learning by doing is beneficial for kids?

One of Britain's leading inventors has warned that a 'Google generation' who rely on the internet for everything are in danger of becoming 'brain-dead'.

Trevor Baylis, who invented the wind-up radio, said children are losing creativity and practical skills because they spend too much time in front of screens.

The 75-year-old said he fears that the next generation of inventors is being lost, with young people often unable to make anything with their hands.

But he said children could rediscover vital skills if kids learn through practical toys.

Mr Baylis said: 'Children have got to be taught hands-on, and not to become mobile phone or computer dependent.

'They should use computers as and when, but there are so many people playing with their computers nowadays that spend all their time sitting there. They are dependent on Google searches. A lot of kids will become fairly brain-dead if they become so dependent on the internet, because they will not be able to do things the old-fashioned way.'

Here’s another thing:

The truth of “you learn by doing” is obvious when a child is learning to walk, get dressed, or figure out basic math. But when it comes to more complex skills, however, parents and teachers alike often adopt the approach, “I’ll tell you what to do/what to memorize, and I expect you to just do it, or I’ll decide you’re hopeless and leave it undone/do it myself.” Or even worse “Can’t you get anything right?” or “I told you it wouldn’t work”? Slowly the child develops the, it’s “safer not to try” attitude. 

Then they wonder why the kids never seem to learn or do anything.

The truth is, children are born eager to learn by doing, and a healthy supply of that instinct survives at least into the early twenties. However, it spoils the adventure—and the enjoyment—when adults push learning by theory rather than practice. The more opportunities kids have to master things hands-on, the better.


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