It's not that they are "allowed" to make their own connections. It's that ONLY they can make the connections, in their own minds. Nothing on paper is learning. Nothing recited is learning. Nothing in a conversation is learning. Nothing written on this list is learning.Anyone seeing that as a new idea might want to read here:
Learning is putting information together in one's own head so that it makes new and different sense. It always and only happens inside the learner.
They're grown now, but still learning.