According to two recent studies, it turns out that all of the “baby media” videos parents buy and play to their babies may be entertaining – period. One study of almost 100 babies between one and two years old showed no relationship between watching DVDs and learning words or ideas. Another study found that babies who learned the most words learned them from their parents during everyday interactions.
Then, there’s the question of what school-age children are learning when teachers “teach to the test”. They might learn specific facts, but they’re less likely to be less curious and discover new information.
Two other studies showed that children will come up with creative and unexpected information if allowed to explore an object on their own rather than having a teacher tell them what the object can do. Sounds like more support for experiential learning.