Going All In: How to Make Competency-Based Learning Work

Katrina Schwartz, Nine Shift, Jun 16, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Examination of the employment of competency-based learning in New Hampshire and a discussion of the issues around competency-based learning in general. For my own part, I think something like competency-based learning is the way of the future, but not for the reasons suggested. Katrina Schwartz quotes Paul Leather, deputy commissioner of education: “You can’t truly do personalized learning and also continue to have common expectations without competencies,” Leather said. “They take state standards and put them in the hands of students, teachers and parents and make them real for them.” But why, I would wonder, would you have common standards. The beauty of competency-based personal learning is that everybody can become competent at some thing without the requirement that they become competent in the same thing.

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