In all the talk of school reform it’s interesting to listen for what is not talked about. Oh yes we talk about computers in the classroom, and paying teachers more, and test scores but what is missing? Most people tend not to question the structure of the school system itself.
This article discusses how the classroom model is obsolete. I tend to agree. Can anyone make an argument that grouping students based on age and location, and then teaching them the exact same thing is the most effective way to make a school system? It has been proven time and again that individualized learning, based on competency rather than time is the most effective way. Up until now however it hasn’t been practical to do this for every student.
I think this line from the article below is very profound.
research clearly demonstrates that students and teachers do better when they have variety, flexibility, and comfort in their environment—the very qualities that classrooms lack.
I have done a bunch of reading on brain based learning. What I found is that students will learn better when they are comfortable, and engaged in what they are learning. Fear of failure is something to avoid if possible. In fact, we often learn a lot from failure.
It’s quite an interesting article and expresses some thinking that I have seen more and more around the net.