Don’t Let Personalized Learning Become the Processed Food of Education

Michael J. Petrilli, Education Next, May 25, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"After seeing a version of personalized learning in action recently," writes Michael Petrilli, "I’m worried that it may be reinforcing some of the worst aspects of standards-based, data-driven instruction. Namely: It might be encouraging a reductionist type of education that breaks learning into little bits and scraps and bytes of disparate skills, disconnected from an inspiring, coherent whole." All very well but he recommends instead to "teach a wonderful, aligned curriculum. Decide what novels, stories, and books are worth students’ time and teach those to the standards." That's not really better. It's still a form of education as indoctrination. You're still feeding them, when they should be learning to shop and cook for themselves.
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