Learning Takes Place Not Only in Classroom

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Essay: “It has been said: not all learning takes place in classroom. Compare and contrast knowledge gained from personal experience with knowledge gained from classroom instruction. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?“ Learning takes place not only in the classroom but also in our everyday lives. This is because to learn does not mean just to gain academic knowledge. Rather, learning refers to acquisition of any kind of knowledge that can give us instructions on how we should behave. Information that we get in the classroom is, without any doubt, useful and proven and it can broaden our mind. However, school years are relatively short in terms of a life span, and, therefore, there are a lot more things that can be…show more content…
They not only enrich their knowledge and abilities, but also communicate with their peers and teachers. So they can also develop their character. Does this mean that we can get valuable and useful for our future life information only in the classroom? Of course, not. If we track the origin of the knowledge acquired in the classroom, we will find out that this kind of knowledge was first gained from personal experience and only then landed in our books. Take the case of the law of gravity that we learn in the school nowadays. It was first discovered by Newton. He acknowledged the idea of gravity when he got a hit by a falling apple. This example illustrates that the knowledge we are absorbing in the classroom is a set of summarized and organized personal experience. However, people, whose „personal experience“ we are learning in the classroom now, were scientists and geniuses. It is not an everyday occasion that somebody discovers new thing that is relevant for the society. Thus, the question is if an ordinary person can gain valuable knowledge outside the classroom. In this case let us remember the film that appeared on our screens in 2008 called „Slumdog Millionaire“. It is an adaptation of the novel „Q&A“ by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. Set and filmed in India, the film tells the story of eighteen-year-old Jamal Malik, a young man from the Juhu slums of Mumbai. The guy appears on the Indian version of
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