Fergus Cullen: Baines and Bramante modernize education for the iTunes era
Those are striking words from a leading member of the public education establishment. "I was inside the system for so long. Sometimes you're constrained by that. Now I'm outside and can do something creative and innovative," Baines said.
Karate instruction has it right. You don't move to your yellow belt until you've mastered your white belt, whether you're six years old or 60. But in school, students advance based on age, no matter when — or whether — competency in the subject matter is achieved. A student can get an A in addition and a D in division and still pass math class. In the real world, that would be like a flying instructor giving a license to someone who mastered take offs and flying, but failed at landings.
Fergus Cullen, a freelance columnist, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed @FergusCullen. Learn more at steamaheadnh.com and nccbl.org.
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