Review of ‘Uscolia’

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You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but a youngster can learn almost anything. In fact, according to Gabriel Lanyi’s Uscolia, you can’t really teach anything because all real learning takes place internally in the brain.

An account of a fascinating journey to the island of Uscolia, where there are no schools, yet children of all ages display amazing linguistic, mathematical, and musical acumen. Lanyi shows, though a narrative that sounds fictional, that the way people truly learn anything is the same way children develop native fluency in their mother tongue, by absorbing, repeating, and making sense internally of their experiences.

This is an interesting read, and useful for anyone who wonders why our school systems consistently fail the way they do.

I give this book four stars.


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