What Students Really Remember Learning in School

I came across a quote in my Twitter stream the other day that reminded me, once again, of what may be the biggest problem we have in education. It’s from John Holt, author of a number of books about learning and children, and also someone who is admittedly held at arms length by many in our profession. He writes:

"It is as true as it was then that no matter what tests show, very little of what is taught in school is learned, very little of what is learned is remembered, and very little of what is remembered is used. The things we learn, remember, and use are the things we seek out or meet in the daily, serious, nonschool parts of our lives.” (How Children Fail