The question came up the other day, what are the best 2-3 short readings for someone that hasn’t been exposed to the idea of competency education to read? Susan and I were talking about this and we came up with the following (below).
We’d like to know what you use to engage people in thinking deeply about competency-based, proficiency-based, performance-based, or mastery-based learning. We are keeping a Recommended Reading List up to date…so please forward helpful resources to us.
Getting Your Feet Wet Reading List
1) To Learn About What’s Wrong with the Traditional System.
In The One World School House, Sal Khan provides two easy to read chapters containing historical insight and information about the fundamental flaws in the traditional system. In the chapter “The Prussian Model,” he describes how the structure of today’s schooling developed with its grade levels, calendar, semesters, and daily schedules. In “Swiss Cheese Learning,” he outlines the flaws in the problem, emphasizing that even our A+ students end up advancing with gaps in their knowledge that may create significant challenges later on. (more…)