Look at how many kids are forced into remedial courses at the college level. Our current #Education models are failing.
— Laura(@GOPrincess) September 11, 2012
I’m in no way criticizing Laura for her statement. But it got me thinking about what the statement really means. I hope to start writing more on Educational issues, and especially education and technology. But let’s start here.
Earlier, Laura says that when she was in school she excelled, and felt frustrated that she had to listen to teachers dumb down the class. I can see that happening, I saw it happen. But wouldn’t a better solution be to get rid of “grade levels” and start an education system based on ability, not disability.
There will be many who claim that system won’t work. I ask if you have tried it? Why wouldn’t it work? If I’m an exceptional student I should be able to move at my pace and not be held back because of the “group”. Or, if I’m a student who needs extra help, I should be in a class setting that gives me more attention.
Imagine a school, or schools, where one teacher could handle 20-30 kids all at the same level, and 2-3 teachers helping those who need more attention. Imagine the level of education our children would graduate with.
Grade levels, no student left behind, remediation; these are all things from an archaic education system that is dysfunctional and not producing results. It’s not good enough anymore to graduate everyone for the sake of psychology.
The question is why haven’t we done this? What is holding us back? Where are the road blocks? I can’t be the only one who has thought of this. And if it’s being done, it’s not visible enough.