Individualized learning: Nothing new but cost.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-littlest-schoolhouse/…

This story, while inspiring, masks that the fundamental change is in attitude, not technology or even methods. The key is to change what we consider “getting it”. I have been in classrooms where one group of students is getting a lecture, another is reading from the text, & yet another is conducting a laboratory investigation. And the teacher didn’t need an algorithm to figure it out! What they needed was a new way to frame their thinking about learning. What I would have liked this article to focus on is how the students are allowed to demonstrate learning in multiple ways & encouraged to seek varied sources of information. Instead, the article reads like yet another piece claiming technology is the answer. I say teacher beliefs about learning are what need to change!

Question to self: could the model described in the article lead to tremendous profit?  Isn’t that what became so wrong with healthcare – the cessation of seeing the ill as “patients” and instead as “customers”?

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