Friday, May 29, 2015

APS Virtual school sends mixed signals

There are a number of students in the APS who are about learning.  Whatever their individual reasons and motivation, they are in school to learn.  As much as they want to learn, as fast as they want to learn it.

For the most part, students who want to learn faster, are held back by system that compels them to learn "in unison", in a thought choir with up to 30 other kids, with whom they have nearly nothing in common except for the year they were born and the neighborhood they live in.

They sit in one of thirty desks arranged in rows and columns like headstones in a cemetery; each on the same page in the same book on the same day, in an effort to standardize their individual educational performance; an endeavor as relentless as it is pointless.  Even if we could herd kittens, why would we want to? and at such enormous expense.

It appears that monumental progress is at hand, but not for everyone.

APS is opening a virtual school, link.  They promise online classes for students who want to get ahead.   And that's great because, whatever is APS' mission, link, it should be;

to create independent lifelong learners
at the earliest opportunity.
and this is the first step.  Students who want to learn faster will have the opportunity to sail through their curriculum.  Many will graduate years early; many will earn college credits before they do.


Students who want to learn faster but are enrolled in regular classes in brick and mortar schools be expected still, to sit down, shut up, and open their books to page ...

It makes no sense.

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