Before folks get all antsy about this idea, I suggest visiting this site and reading http://masscustomizedlearning.com.
The way we deliver education wasn't designed so that a majority of our citizens would be educated. It was designed to move a certain % of our students into professional roles and the rest into manufacturing and assembly lines. The fact that so many of our students to go on to college and do well in life is a testament to our educators. They are exceeding expectations for what the system was set up to do.
How we deliver education today doesn't work for enough of our students. This is a valid response/solution to a pressing problem.
I congratulate Commission Bowen for his plan and interest in reforming how education is presented in Maine. Mr. Bowen's idea is hardly a new one, but he should be thanked for willing to take initiative and bring it up.
In 1970 Regional Commissioners of education produced a piece titled "Listen To Us", the Sun Journal political animals discussed education reform several months ago-here is a recap http://wtfmaine.com/listen-to-us
Our current system for delivering education was created with the hope 10% of the students would go on to college & professional careers. Our educators have actually done a wonderful job of accomplishing more than the current system was set up to do.
In RSU4 where I am a member of the school board and a parent of two children, I hope educators/administrator embrace this idea. Parents should be embracing customized learning initiatives.
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