OPINION: Personalized learning wasn’t invented by Silicon Valley by Phyllis Lockett

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 9:59 AM | Anonymous

Why the approach is sometimes misinterpreted as a step toward replacing teachers with technology

In 1907, a teacher from Italy proposed a new vision for the modern classroom.

The age of industrialization was winding down, but schools were still turning out students in the same way that factories were turning out cars: uniform, and en masse. So she designed a teaching style intended to identify and cultivate the unique potential, interests and aspirations of each learner. She named it after herself: the Montessori Method.

Sadly, most schools today grapple with the same instructional models Montessori sought to replace more than a century ago. Students at different levels, with different backgrounds and interests, receive the same lessons. Teachers are boxed in by grades, class sizes, or the invisible hand of assessment nudging them to teach to the average.

In response, a growing number of educators are implementing a modern-day version of Montessori’s method called personalized learning.......

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