Sunday, March 16, 2008

Seven Languages for Learning

The problem with student achievement is that schools use too few languages to communicate ideas and information. Words and numbers are currently the only languages taught and tested with any regularity.

Additional languages are not so much more to learn but more ways to learn things.
Words and numbers are the most recent of the languages and hardest for us to learn so they are emphasized in schools. People working in robotics and artificial intelligence understand that words and numbers are easy for machines to learn but that sounds, movement, images, objects and places (that we take for granted) are deceptively complex and difficult for machines to learn.
The world will be a much richer and rewarding place once schools understand that human brains require all of these languages for basic human development.

There are seven languages our brains use to perceive the world, process information and communicate our ideas:
Words (English and other languages)
Numbers (Mathematics - the language of science)
Sounds (Music, speech and acoustics)
Movement (Physical education, gesture and dance)
Images (Information design - drawings, photgraphs, video and graphics)
Objects (Everyday things - industrial design)
Places (Architecture, urban planning, landscapes, interiors)

These are all languages that communicate information, ideas, status, control, freedom, indivduality and innovation.

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