Educational game apps. High-tech learning toys. The latest learning techniques. Educators and parents are “obsessed with getting young children to learn more, faster.” According to Alison Gopnik of The New York Times, the problem is that there is too much focus on making children learn instead of letting them learn on their own. New studies on active learning indicate that children learn more when they’re allowed to create something new and come to their own conclusions. Past experiments reveal how children have the ability to learn basic aspects of physics, music, and languages by observing, having the option to create or innovate, and figuring out their own solutions. What does this mean? Children naturally learn by observing and imitating adults, but they also don’t mindlessly imitate – they “take note of who you are and why you act,” using what they see to “figure out intelligent new actions.” Perhaps these modes of learning (modeling, social learning, peer interaction, self reflection, active learning, etc.) stay with us when we become adults. We certainly believe they do.