It is popular in nursing education to refer to Knowles' Adult Learner principles in teaching. But are any of these principles unique to adults? Couldn't you just as easily replace "adult" with "child" in teaching? Sometimes these principles are used by nurse educators to differentiate their teaching methods for returning adult students or BSN for RN students from the young adult students out of high school. However, aren't encouraging "self-direction", "seeing relevancy", "using past learning", and "showing respect" teaching methods to be used any student? "Adult" learning principles seem to make the assumption that non-adult students should learn by rote and that grades are their only motivation to learn. Teachers from K through College should be using these supposedly adult principles.