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Chicken Soup for the Soul Discussion Series: Part 6


Chapter 4: On Learning

Title: We Learn by Doing

Not many years ago I began playing the cello. Most people would say that what I am doing is “learning to play the cello”. But these words carry into our minds the strange idea that there exist two very different processes: (1) learning to play the cello; and (2) playing the cello. They imply that I will do the first until I have completed it, at which point I will stop the first process and begin the second. In short, I will go on “learning to play” until I have “learned to play” and then I will begin to play. Of course, this is nonsense. There are not two processes, but one. We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.
-John Holt

Discussion Questions: (Intermediate Level)

1. Name a time when you learned something by doing it?
2. Was it easy or difficult? How long did the process take before you felt confident in your skills?