The purpose of high school, as we all were taught, was to prepare us for the future, whether it was going to college or working right out of high school. But, as a senior at Edward Little, I see the preparation thing going downhill very fast with the new learning system called “mass customized learning.”
The scenario is there are 175 school days and 15 chapters of math to be completed. With the current system, a student goes through each chapter. But what about the time missed because of snow days, teachers being out sick and students being out sick? A student gets through 10 chapters but still gets the credit. With the new learning system, the 15 chapters get done, it just takes more or less time for each student.
The intention of the program sounds great. In fact, I am taking calculus and my class is a test room for that. I enjoy the class and it is a lot of fun, but there are too many flaws with the system in general. Most classes are online; math courses, too. Lab dates, lectures and other school activities have to be scheduled.
With all of the talk around the school, the program will be in effect next year. If I had my money on one thing it would be that many teachers will find another teaching job. Yet, the superintendent thinks this is a step forward.
The truth is that it is not.
Alex Elcewicz, Auburn