D.C. students test ‘Teach to One’ learning system

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-students-test-teach-to-one-learning-system/2012/10/14/9f945470-149b-11e2-be82-c3411b7680a9_story.html

   The article I chose to read was about a very below average middle school adopting a new form of educating their students.  At Hart Middle School in Southeast Washington students are learining math thorugh computers; at their own pace.  They also talk about other schools throughout the united states that are doing slight varations to the system.  With the government’s full support of this idea they are trying to canapult the United States back to the top.

What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

Personally, I disagree with what they are trying to do.  I understand where they are coming from when they say that every child learns at a different pace, but this is a little too much.  The main reason I disagree is, what’s going to happen to all the job positions for teachers out there?  This is a big concern for me as I am aspiring to become a teacher one day.  I hope this is not the first step to students learning soley by computers and no teacher presence is needed.

How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?

   The problem I have with this idea is how different will it be in the classroom if this goes nation wide?  All teachers will have to completly change thier structured lesson plans in order to fit this new way of teaching.  This will change my teaching practice because I am a very verbal teacher.  I would like to be able to speak to my students because I feel that would be my best teaching method.

How will the issue help or hinder student learning?

   This is a very important question.  I am not completely sure the correct answer to this one but I think it will help my students ability to learn.  Because of the fact that all students learn at their own pace this system that they have implicated will work acceptionally well with struggling students.  This will make it much easier on the students ability to understand and grasp the knowledge. 

What limitations or criticisms of the idea are important to consider?

The first limitation that pops into my head is what is going to happen to teacher salary?  And what is going to happen to the outlook a teacher has on finding a job?  There are many positive and negative thing to consider.  I think it’ll make a teacher job even harder.  Now they don’t even have a steady pace of teaching since every student will be on a different speed.