Learning isn’t Linear

I heard a quote the other day that really got me thinking. “A three year old is not half a six year old.” The thought being that, on average, at six years old a person is not double a three year old in any capacity.  Not in height or weight, but also not in knowledge.  So, this begs the question, why isn’t a six year old twice as smart as a three year old? The answer has to do with the sheer amount of knowledge a newborn gains between the ages of zero and three.

To put this into context, let’s take a broader look at how learning occurs. People sometimes think that the rate of learning (skill, knowledge, wisdom, etc.) is fairly linear. They picture a line moving steadily upward as a person learns. This faulty image forms the basis of many misconceptions.

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