Nikhil's Proposal: Recognizing Different Student Learning Styles in Education

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Nikhil’s excellent proposal should definitely be presented at Lansing. He addresses a vital issue with a smart and relatively easy-to-implement solution. Classrooms should accommodate all students and all learning styles. We are here to learn — and to form communities.

Too many classrooms are run as though everyone in the room has the same learning style. This is an exclusionary attitude. Nikhil’s proposal underscores the intersectionality of learning challenges (so many factors go into the way we learn) and the tyranny of the majority, to borrow a political term. When we begin to include students of all learning styles in our classrooms, we will all benefit.

As I’ve mentioned to Nikhil along the way, often when I am attending a fast-paced lecture class, I wish that I could pause my notetaking so that I could fully absorb what the professor is trying to communicate. His solution — audio recordings — would help me enormously. I know that many students share my feelings.

Nikhil’s research was impressive and the sheer number of her consultants shows how dedicated he is to this proposal.

I am confident that the counter-arguments he brings up can be managed successfully — and I really hope that he gets the chance to present at Lansing.