Classroom Education is Inferior To Personalized Education (like KhanAcademy)
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By personalized education, I'm referring to something like KhanAcademy, where the student is allowed to progress at whatever pace they wish, and can jump ahead or spend more time with topics.
In both cases, a syllabus should be presented to the student, and there should be testing. Students would be given material to learn, and they have to prove they learned it. An advantage in personalized education, is that a student can be forced to have to understand a topic before moving on, whereas with classroom education, even if some people do not understand the topic the entire class moves on anyways.
With personalized education 10-20 minutes can be used for instruction and they could be rewatched as necessary. With classroom education, sessions of an hour on a certain topic are held, and are often not recorded and people may not have adequate notes taken, or given to them. Classroom sessions are often not as productive as a 10-20 minute videos, as evident in many testimonies found in comments left on such videos.
That is why I am on the side of personalized education, also known as the Digital Aristotle. Interested in debating?
You bring up some very good points for Personalized education and I will admit, that the pace of the classroom can be a big problem. However I must state the fact that a big part of school is getting kids ready for the real world. With personalized education people may learn at their own pace, but in the classroom, kids can get used to working, in groups, or being behind.
In a job you can't always work at your own pace, their are often deadlines that you have to meet, and in a classroom it allows for students to start to get used to this. Students could get used to working at their own pace, and won't be ready for the reality of a job. However in a classroom there is much more stress, and it is much more job like. While it is very important to get kids to understand what they're being taught, it means nothing if they aren't prepared for the job environment.
I say classrooms are better because it gives students the ability to start becoming used to being behind, and have deadlines, and other factors that they will have to face when you get to a job. In personalized education, this is much harder for students to get used to as much of this stress is taken away.
You are pointing out some of the successful traits of classroom education, but I do not think that a group setting is the ideal environment for the raw process of installing an understanding of math/chemistry/physics/biology/other core subjects into a growing brain, which is the ultimate goal of k-12 education . The priority should be raw education, not preparing students for job environments, and besides how does personalized education prevent students from preparing for jobs? Teachers can still force them to learn at a certain minimum pace with personalized instruction.
The Khan Academy approach has already been implemented within schools successfully . A common observation from the implementation is that students are more interested in learning and that the ones who finish the learning requirements early have the option to go onto advanced topics like calculus without being bottlenecked by the curriculum. In classroom education, this just is not possible and often the bright kids are wasting time listening to the teacher explain things they already understand. You even admitted the pace of classroom education is a problem but you didn't suggest a way to fix it. Khan Academy fixes this problem.
Your point that classrooms are better because they allow students to get used to deadlines/group work is invalid. These things are also possible in a school system that uses a personalized approach. There is nothing stopping a teacher from giving a test on a certain topic on a certain date, or giving group projects, in a course that uses Khan Academy as a source for material.
Also there is no reason for anyone to want a student to be behind in their studies. In fact that's what we want to avoid. Students in classroom settings can get a passing grade even if they don't understand part of the course. They might pass a math class but not understand how to square a quadratic equation. What advantage does such a student get if they move on without understanding something?
So in effect, this helps the bottom percentile but harms the top percentile. The kids who learn the fastest will end up getting straight A's and they will actually end up learning bad habits. Since they might not even need to do any study to pass a test or even ace it, they will learn bad habits like procrastination, which will be rewarded by the fact that they still pulled a good mark.
If you personalize a child's education path, then you can set them up so that they are always having to put in effort. In classroom education, only the bottom percentile of student get this opportunity. Overall, what I'm saying is that personalized education gives you the chance to push everyone, but group education only allows you to push the slowest learners.
If you want to put stressors on the whole class, between personalized education and group classroom education, the former is your weapon of choice.
(1) Personalized education is more laid back than group education.
Group education can only go as fast as the slowest learner; the slowest learner will allow the fastest learner to take a nap in class and still get a 95% average. If the learning pace is set individually for each student though, then all students can be pushed at the fastest pace they can handle. Group education is actually more laid back.
I may not have made it clear that I'm arguing from the point of view of personalized education taking place in an actual classroom. Did you check out my sources? There are plenty of examples of Khan Academy being integrated into schools and working . The sources were in the comments but I'll post them again below. I'd encourage you to watch all 3 of these videos before responding so we are on the same page.
Unless you can describe any sort of schooling experience that is limited to the old style of education in a classroom, and cannot for any reason take place in a classroom that uses Khan Academy, then you do not have a valid contention that
(2)"personalized education can't prepare people for jobs in ways that group education can".
Again please refer to my sources so you understand exactly what I mean by "personalized education".
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