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Personalized Learning = CBE: Ka-ching.

Personalized Learning = CBE: Ka-ching.

April 26, 2017


Dear WinkWorld Readers,

What in the world is personalized learning?  It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Be careful.  I have a hunch that it is called personalized learning to fool well-meaning people. I fear that it means one little person sitting in front of a computer (which the district has to buy), a program (which a district has to buy), and specific software (which  district has to buy), plus someone to “manage” the kids and computers.  

Ka-ching. Ka-ching. Ka-ching.

I fear the day will come when we just have managers, computers, and kids…  I far prefer my tax dollars be used to support a teacher, who actually knows the students and their needs and the wishes of the local community.

In what follows is a little overview of scholars, whom I respect, and their thoughts on personalized learning, which is also known as competency-based education.

“Testing All The Time? by McDermott, M., Robertson, P., and Krashen, S. (2016). Language Magazine, January.

Donalyn Miller on Twitter simply says:

“Personalized learning comes from kids, not programs.”
Alfie Kohn
eSchool News
Previously on WinkWorld, I wrote the following about my concerns.
Life long learning is not always fun…sometimes, the learning curve is steep and slippery.


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