How do you fix the United States education system and not go broke? Here are some interesting takes on customized education.
The Freakonomics Podcast episode “How Is a Bad Radio Station Like the Public School System?” focuses on the “School of One,” a New York City pilot program in elementary schools trying to eliminate the one-size-fits-all factory model in education. Instead of a teacher providing one instruction method to all the students in the class, instruction and advancement is highly individualized:
The classroom is divided into smaller groups based on different teaching methods.
- Large group live instruction
- Small group live instruction
- Small group virtual tutoring
- Independent practice
- Small group collaboration
- Independent virtual instruction
Students elect their own training method. And, this is not a hippy-dippy “let’s have class outside” feel good and don’t worry about results program. This is more objective based than any school I have every heard of: Read the rest of this entry »