Why does learning matter? You can answer that from a personal goal perspective. You are interested in the matter, you need to know it for your job, you want to get a good grade and move on… There are a lot of individual answers to the question.
But let me address the larger perspective. Learning is something you already do automatically. I mean that you do it without thinking, as a natural process. But also that you haven’t thought about or tried to improve it. You are using learning right out of the box. You haven’t customized it, yet.
This class is an opportunity to customize and improve your learning. You will learn how to do it better. You already do it well but learning can be improved.
I was watching Cesar Millan on television working with dogs. He was doing his dog-whispering show. I had two thoughts. “Wow, he’s had a lot of experience with dogs” and “He doesn’t understand learning theory at all.” And then I concluded: “He really needs to take my class.”
Now Cesar (as if I knew him) is doing fine. He can drive circles around me in his Rolls-Royce. But he could do even better by customizing his learning system. His knowledge is based on his personal experience. But, as far as I know, he hasn’t taken even a beginning class in animal training or principles of learning.
He could do better. I’d love to get him together with Karen Pryor, whose training methods are firmly based in learning theory.
We all can do better. We are born with many systems that are fully operational right out of the box. Some take years to develop but overall we do a great job with our basis set of tools. The reason learning matters is that we can do better than that. With a little bit of knowledge, we can improve our lives and those of others around us.