“You are right on with this one Gary. Regardless of if you are talking about AR or some other program like it, the issue is the same. We try to program our kids to get a "score" and "win" at the expense of learning. We are still trying to define learning by a score or some numerical value. These types of programs devalue learning and further our obsession with data that is irrelevant in most cases.
Yet, programs like these are a symptom of the bigger issue of standardized testing and an emphasis on putting a number of all things. When will we learn that not all learning can be scored or placed on a bubble sheet?”
mlaiuppa on Apr 10, 2012 at 16:42:09
“I used to use the Accelerated Math program which is hardly mentioned.
If used properly it was helpful in supporting and supplementing the math book. Students competed against themselves, not others.
And when students completed standards way ahead of the class I didn't reward them with more busy work. I let them choose. I had a few students that finished the math book and AM in March. I gave them the opportunity to coach in class, do assignments for other classes, or move on to the math book for the next grade level. Two students opted to move on and I arranged for them to audit a 7th grade math class.
No students should be held back if they have the ability to work at a faster pace. This is a weakness of the current public school grade system and especially NCLB and RttT. There are really no options for students that are either way ahead or way behind grade level.”