SHARE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!
Share with your friends and any educators that you know. Share with your school board and politicians. I’m not an expert, but I think this can work (at least it’s better than what we got). It’s demanding but has elements of freedom for teachers, students, and parents. It rivals Chinese education, but adds in American elements of freedom, curiosity, and critical thinking! And since I’m not an expert, this hypothesis needs to be tested, tweaked, and studied before implementation. And that would be great if we could replace our failing education system with something like this.
After reading post after post, and watching Youtube video after Youtube video defending United States public education, I started to do some digging.1
Teaching to the average DOESN’T WORK!
- The “average” student conjured up by statistics, might not be a real person.2
- So you are effectively teaching no one.
- Forcing students to perform at average levels hinders forward progress for the “gifted” and “challenged.”
- Under a system like Common Core and No Child Left Behind, these labels are consistently brought up on both sides.
- Labeling children in these terms might actually be more detrimental to their learning than the course content itself.4
- Teaching to the average (literally) won’t improve our rankings internationally… it will just make them… average…5
So I came up with a preliminary hypothesis: TEACHING TO THE MODE
This has a couple of different meanings:
- We should be teaching students based on how they learn on an individual or small group scale.
- We should be teaching REAL students, not averages found by using statistical analysis.
Different children learn different things at different times and at an incredible pace. Forcing students into the same classroom everyday might work for some, but it probably doesn’t work for all.
The posted diagram shows how that might work. Instead of teaching with a one-size-fits-all approach we would teach with many different approaches with changes made based on a child’s learning development.
Finally, when children become young adults, it’s time to start taking their future goals seriously. Some students, in this model, could succeed by focusing at the age of 8, while other students might benefit from focusing later down the road.
When students reach High School they should be given the tools to success with careful goal-based guidance, but should not be given complete freedom and should not be completely controlled. A balance has to be struck for each individual student. A lot of freedom might benefit a student, while a lot of control might be necessary to get a student back on track.
NOTE: In this model, High School is goal oriented. It’s a lot like college! The difference is that students in High School are sitting at the precipice of adult life. Most students don’t know which way to turn to achieve their goals, so many go to college and drop out or just drop out of high school.
I think we can have high achieving students on all levels of education. We just have to give them the environment to flourish!