Richard Talbert on Learner Independence

Learner independence is tied to so many valuable aspects of learning, from critical thinking to lifelong learning (I’m especially interested in how it supports habits of deliberate practice and dwelling in flow states). This is a huge topic that I won’t even attempt to address here. But I do want to reference Richard Talbert’s latest post, “Declaring Independence”, which comments on the experience of teaching a flipped class, and concludes:

…helping people become become independent learners, capable of managing and directing their intellectual growth over their entire lifespans, is the fundamental goal on which higher education — maybe all of education — needs to focus.