Frank Smith's book, The Book of Learning and Forgetting, deals as much with why we forget as with why we learn, he sees these two issues as opposites sides of the same coin. Smith contrasts what he calls the "Classic View" with the "Official Theory" of learning summarized below:

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Learning is (the classic view) by flickr user dkuropatwa


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Learning is (the official view) by flickr user dkuropatwa


What you said "Learning is ...":
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always an adventure, you never know where you're going to end up, and it's pretty exciting along the way.
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growing
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never ending
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life
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an exploration.
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Exploring
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a team effort
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Learning is what governs all that we do in schools
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dynamic process of being open to wonder and being open to know and understand the World
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learning is about people interacting, its hard to learn on your own, connect, collaborate, celebrate!
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Learning is like Playdoh, you are never to old for it and there are so many ways you can use it and create new things from it.
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Learning is fun........sometimes
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an adventure
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a dynamic proceess that involves interaction and communication.
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simultaneously individual and connected.
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collaborating, communicating, connecting, applying, trying new things, teaching others
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delving into the unknown with confidence.
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natural and dynamic
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stimulating
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like a fingerprint; it is unique to each individual.
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what I do on a good day
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Learning is like a road if it's long and flat you get sleepy, if it's full of surprises and alterior routes you will be more alert.
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like great waves of bubbling water, sometimes you soar and sometimes you're dumped!
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Learning is like brain fertilizer, it helps you to grow, but can be harmful if applied inappropriately
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Learning is best when you are having so much fun you don't even know you are doing it.
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always moving and like waves in an ocean, full of excitement and thrills, sometimes dangerous, but always exhilirating
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...what I'm here for
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so much better when you're connected.
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Learning should be fun
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a capability developed through evolution and a part of life.
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learning is like wings to help us to fly
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Learning is like a good beer; Some can and do get by without it, but it makes life so much more fun, exciting and enriching.
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a process of acquiring information that expands beyond the borders and is changing in its form and structure every second.
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is like eating dumpling with chopsticks. It's warm in the centre but not so when it's on your tie.
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exciting!
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complex
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developing new knowledge, understandings, skills and tools for the future. Learning is infinite.
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Learning is like doing sports - it requires commitment but very fulfilling in the end
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A Journey
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where does the future lie?
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hard to do if you can't justify it.
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Learning is a continual journey which needs to be engaging and fun. It often doesn't have a clear path. Each learner/individual has their own learning needs but often the path to understanding is often done collaboratively.