"Unlearning" is hard
30 Jul 2012
Sometimes you learn something then later you find out that you've got it all wrong! That's when you have to unlearn what you thought you knew and then learn the right thing.
You may have to 'unlearn' if:
- You are saying a word wrong, eg. lots of little kids might say "hopsicle" instead of "hospital" or "lellow" instead of "yellow".
- You are doing something wrong in sport like throwing, catching or hitting a ball in a way that could lead to you hurting yourself.
- You are getting into lots of trouble at school.
- You keep making the same mistake.
If you have been doing something or saying something wrong for a while ,then it is really hard to 'unlearn'. It takes time and effort to learn a new way and stick to it after you have been used to the old way.
It's even harder to get other people to 'unlearn' the way they react to you.
Our topics on 'Being teased' and 'Problems with the teacher' will tell you more about unlearning.