Simplify then Extrapolate

Simplify, then Extrapolate:

The Core of a Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning

A Learners’ View (ALV) Is Of Choices On The Shortest And Fastest Path To Learning, The Oxygen Of Social Life.

Simplify, then Extrapolate



THE CORE OF SOCIAL LIFE OCCURS AS PEOPLE SIMPLIFY, then extrapolate to some use of a simplicity. Artists, engineers, philosophers, scientists, and theologians, as do learners practice this principle when they perform in ways other people use to make something else or for their own satisfaction.

Experimental behavioral and social scientists have reported and demonstrated how learners go from simplicity to complexity while learning. The simplest graphic representing the process of going from simplicity to complexity is of two dots connected by a line. Stated in one sentence, learning occurs in one step after one of two choices in three stages at four levels in ways that answer one or more of five questions.

Extrapolated, this sentence reads, Learning occurs (1) in one step (2) after one of two choices (finding one that fits through trial-and-errors) (3) in three stages (beginning, middle, and end) (4) at four levels of analysis (sensory – sight, hearing, etc. – to solve a problem, in ways that the most accomplished people solve that problem, and ways that have value to society) (5) in order to answer one or more of five generic questions (What is it? What is like it? What is not like it? What comes next? What is missing?).

Teachers whose students learn all lessons make this sentence into short, concise lessons whether using the earth, sticks, and stones as instructional aids, or the newest electronic communication devices. Those students who learn any lesson find ways to use these steps.

From this view, learning occurs as social processes described by empirical data. This view contrasts with results of practices explained by theories and philosophies of learning as personal cognitive functions.


THE ESSENTIAL PROCESS USED to describe a learners’ view (ALV) as social processes relies on simplifying and extrapolating common elements of learning reported by experimental behavioral and social scientists. When stated as simplify, then extrapolate, the phrase represents the central principle that teachers use to instruct lessons that all learners learn consistently. Lessons consist of problems teachers show learners how to solve. Instruction leads learners to acceptable ways to solve the problem of each lesson.

From this view, common elements of learning consist of a way that the most accomplished people accept to connect two dots. Without two dots or a connection between them, learning does not occur. Without acceptance by the most accomplished people, other connections remain trial-and-errors.

The phrase simplify, then extrapolate contrasts with efforts to provide a stimulating lesson or classroom to capture the interest of learners without directly relating to solving problems in planned lessons. Use of this phrase by analysts permits ranking instruction, lessons, educators, and schools from most (1.0) to least (0.0) efficient for meeting academic performance standards.


  1. 1.0 Instruction
  2. 1.0 Lesson
  3. 1.0 Teacher
  4. A Learners’ View (ALV)
  5. A Learners’ View (ALV) as Social Processes
  6. Performance Standard for Educators
  7. The Stimulating Classroom Fallacy of Teaching
  8. Two Dots Learning

Last Edited: June 10, 2015