I recently had an argument with my brother about the idea that people can dislike learning. Now, a bit of background on him: he is intelligent and enjoys learning about medical, biological, kinesthetic, and scientific topics. However, he still maintains that it is possible for people to dislike learning: “Some people just don’t like learning.” I argued that this was impossible. People may be able to dislike learning about certain things, or dislike learning in certain ways, but I do not believe that people can dislike learning itself. All of life requires learning, and everyone has interests that they would value learning about, and even teaching others about.
I found this article that agrees with me. It stresses the idea of learned behaviour—even that student in class that seems to not hear one word you say is learning about what behaviours will test you as the teacher, or what behaviours will get him/her a passing mark, etc. I truly did try to find an article arguing that people can try to dislike learning, but the closest I could find was that some people can hate school.
Now, I realize that I am biased. Because I am in education, I obviously value learning incredibly highly. However, is it really possible to dislike learning? And, even if this is not the case, what makes a person (especially one such person as my brother who was always successful in the education system) uphold the belief that people can dislike learning? I found this belief very distressing. What do you think?