./ notes.txt / the myth of adult learning

december 2019 | 3 min read

do children really learn faster than adults?

you may have heard:

"children learn faster than adults. children's brains are more flexible and have higher neuroplasticity"


most of us take this for granted, but it doesn't tell the whole story

children are fast learners, but adults are more effective learners overall


scientific evidence


example

imagine these two:

it should be obvious, if you compared these two in many learning tasks,

the adult would outperform the child and learn faster, with less time spent on the basics.


comparing learning


learning at all ages


once a negative term, the discouraging bias against adult learning doesn't make make sense when analyzed

adults are, overall, better learners than children.

consider learning something new, you can become better than almost anyone else in an area with enough time


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