- Julia Grotenhuis
- Warrenton, VA
- United States
The education system should stop focusing primarily on the visual learners.
Most people are visual learners, which is why public and private education is geared towards visual instruction and creating a visual environment.” There is a much higher percentile of visual learners than there are auditory and kinesthetic.
Visual learners make up about 65% of the population, while auditory learners make up 30%, and kinesthetic learners a mere 5%. While this is all nice for the visual learners in a public or private school, the auditory and kinesthetic learners tend to be the ones struggling. While it is true that everybody is a “mix” of the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learner, everybody has a tendency to lean heavily towards one of the three. For some people, they may be just as auditory as they are visual, and that is a wonderful thing. However, most of the time, this is not the case.
“Textbooks, blackboards, handouts, note-taking, research cards, and worksheets are all a visual learner’s best friend,” as one source says. These things are all resources you will find being used primarily in public and private schools. This means that, primarily, the visual learners benefit most. For the auditory or kinesthetic learner, it can be a pretty difficult struggle to learn from such things as textbooks, blackboards, handouts, note-taking, research cards, and worksheets.
I know from personal experience that being forced to adopt the visual way of learning is a huge hindrance for auditory or kinesthetic learners. As one source says, "Students appear to benefit most from mixed modality presentations, for instance using both auditory and visual techniques for all children".
Why do we not do this, then, if it would be most beneficial? Would it be more beneficial to keep the education system as it is - geared towards visual learners - or should action be taken to change this?