I Love Learning; I Hate School

  • by Susan D. Blum
  • Narrated by Laura Jennings
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Frustrated by her students' performance, her relationships with them, and her own daughter's problems in school, Susan D. Blum, a professor of anthropology, set out to understand why her students found their educational experiences at a top-tier institution so profoundly difficult and unsatisfying. Through her research and in conversations with her students, she discovered a troubling mismatch between the goals of the university and the needs of students.
In I Love Learning; I Hate School, Blum tells two intertwined but inseparable stories: the results of her research into how students learn contrasted with the way conventional education works and the personal narrative of how she herself was transformed by this understanding. Blum concludes that the dominant forms of higher education do not match the myriad forms of learning that help students - and people in general - master meaningful and worthwhile skills and knowledge. In this critique of higher education, Blum explains why so much is going wrong and offers suggestions for how to bring classroom learning more in line with appropriate forms of engagement.
The book is published by Cornell University Press.

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What the Critics Say

"A must-read for all who care about educational improvement and renewal." (Peter Demerath, University of Minnesota)
"Susan D. Blum has written the book the majority of college faculty would write if they only had her encyclopedic knowledge, deep insight, and courage." (David F. Lancy, Utah State University)
"Beautifully written…a thoughtful, intimate slant on how to make sense of our lived experience as teachers and students." (Cathy Small, Northern Arizona University)

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How Humans Learn and How Schools Get It Wrong

If you could sum up I Love Learning; I Hate School in three words, what would they be?

This is a very useful and interesting audiobook! As someone who works in the field of education, this audiobook gave me a lot to think about when it comes to the "nature" of what it means to be human-and how American schools disregard or even work in opposition to that nature.

Human beings possess an "unquenchable" drive to explore-yet school often requires teachers to "force feed" students the curriculum. Humans need to feel emotion to learn effectively-yet schools often treat emotion as if it were a nuisance. Humans are not just social, but "ultra" social-yet schools often requires students to learn and function in isolation. Lastly, humans possess bodies that were meant to move-yet schools often structure learning in a way that completely isolates mind from body.

I was amazed to discover that almost NO information learned abstractly transfers to life outside of school. For example, students who learn how to drive in a classroom setting are typically paralyzed by inaction when they must apply the classroom knowledge to driving "in the wild". Real-world learning seems to be the "gold standard " of learning-something few American schools currently offer its students.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was the way the author/narrator jumped around between topics-I would have preferred a more sequential delivery of the content.


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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks