Conceptual/Knowledge Learning

We Need Personalized Learning to Achieve the American Dream

What is the American Dream? Is it to be rich? Perhaps for some people. Or is it to be very successful, such as to be a CEO of a company? It could be that for some people. Lastly, perhaps, it is to be famous, like as a musician or an artist. This may also be the dream of some people. The fact is that the American Dream can be different for each person. And it really means that people want to be the best person that they can be with their particular skills and interests.

But, do we have an educational system that matches this desire? I don’t believe that we do, but we could. It’s called Personalized Learning. According to the article “What is Genuine Personalized Learning?” within Tech Learning Magazine,

Personalized learning refers to a diverse variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students.

According to the United States National Educational Technology plan of 2017,

Personalized learning refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional contents (and its sequencing) may all vary based on learner needs. Learning activities are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated.

First let us consider how standard academic “performance” can be improved through personalized learning. Right now we have a “one-size-fits-all” education system. Every student is expected to achieve at the same level and at the same rate of progression. Students take mostly the same classes and then try their best in all of them. Personalized learning would take a different approach. Every student would determine what academic knowledge and skills are most important to them.

There should be opportunities in the final two years of high school to direct learning in a more personalized fashion. Luckily, there are apps for that. Tutorials are a perfect way for students to learn material at a more personalized pace. They allow for more practice and can be used to “master” or “overlearn” important academic skills that are the building books for more difficult content. Students should be allowed to use tutorials when they are having a difficult time keeping up, and it is preventing them from achieving in the way they want to achieve.

There are also apps for quicker and in-depth learning, such as on-line courses that allow for more learning in areas not provided within the typical high school. Students can also work on group projects with others who share their interests and ability in specific subject matter.

Another way that personalized learning can benefit students is by allowing them to explore or experience areas just to get a “feel” for them. Personalized learning can allow students to try different content areas out for size. This can be done by including a separate area on a grade sheet to list other learning than the traditional letter grades of standard courses. Students can try apps, courses, games, simulations, etc. just to see how they like them and just get credit for completion.

Experience is the best way to determine if you like something. Apps, such as games and simulations, allow you to actually partake in the skills of a profession by doing them. Beside technology apps, personalized learning can provide opportunities for internships or community service that can truly allow students to experience learning in real-world situations.

Personalized learning, or a customized educational opportunity for each student, may seem like a pipe dream to some, but It can be done. Maybe not so much in the lower grades. But in the higher grades, especially in the final 2 years of high school, it could be done. Let students have a personalized path to learning and they can truly find ways to achieve their own American Dream.

34 Replies to “We Need Personalized Learning to Achieve the American Dream”

  1. I have been reading out some of your posts and i must say pretty clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog. Dalila Andonis Kadner

  2. My relatives every time say that I am wasting my time here at web, however I know I am getting know-how all the time by reading thes nice articles. Delores Lenci Merton

  3. I truly appreciate this post. I ave been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Google. You ave made my day! Thanks again.. Madalyn Allard Julis

  4. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and also the rest of the website is also really good. Shaylah Sonny Holofernes

  5. I alwasys used to read article in news papers but now as I am a user of internet therefore from now I am using net for posts, thanks tto web. Twyla Raynard Fleischer

  6. You made some good points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most people will go along with with your site. Brigit Krishna Nye

  7. Its not my first time to pay a visit this web page, i am visiting this web site dailly and get pleasant information from here daily. Tatiania Joey Gabbi

  8. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and also the rest of the site is really good. Veriee Mervin Allister

  9. You made some good points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will agree with your website. Brianna Phillipe Ketchum

  10. Your way of describing everything in this paragraph is really fastidious, every one be able to effortlessly know it, Thanks a lot. Kerrill Immanuel Milissent

  11. As I website possessor I believe the content material here is rattling fantastic , appreciate it for your hard work. You should keep it up forever! Best of luck. Lynnell Loren Piers

  12. Having read this I thought it was really informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this informative article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile! Reiko Antoni Smalley

Comments are closed.