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The Strad: Learning at the speed of childhood

featured article by Christine Carter

A willingness to engage in challenges outside of our ability level and to embrace making mistakes can help adults to learn as efficiently as young children.

I have always marvelled at the speed of learning in childhood. This became even more remarkable to me when I became a parent three years ago, witnessing the extent of learning that takes place on a daily basis. As with physical growth, there are days when a child’s development is shocking. You wake up and all of sudden a child can do something they couldn’t do the day before. The early years are marked by the sheer volume of days like this, with language, motor skills, and social skills all developing on steep learning curves.

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