No one is precisely like anyone else–a fact that is actually quite essential to the growth of our world. After all, it is the unique thoughts of different individuals that lead to wonderful new ideas and changes that we all benefit from. In fact, we should encourage individuals to recognize and embrace their uniqueness, since this is how our world can continue to grow and change in ways that benefit us. Such recognition should begin during a child’s education–with personalized learning.
Delphi Alternative School
If you take a moment to consider current educational programs, there is a wide use of “one-size-fits-all” learning systems. There may once have been a time when this approach to education worked well enough, but this was also a time when children often learned far more at home, with their parents and families, than is customary today and it was a time when career demands may not have been quite as challenging for young adults as they are now.
A one-size-fits-all learning system can present several significant problems. Firstly, it fails to sufficiently recognize the uniqueness of each individual student, as well as their strengths and weaknesses and what must be done to address these. Also, it tends to force students who understand certain principles to continue to sit through lessons on these principles because their classmates need to learn them. Finally, it pushes ahead students who need more time to understand and learn principles that their classmates have mastered. Personalized learning provided at alternative schools not only resolves these issues, it has been proven to increase student engagement. This is exactly what the Delphi program provides.
A student in a traditional school system can quickly discover that they can simply memorize and recite back the information that they are taught and they will move right along with the crowd. This allows them to remain somewhat disengaged from the learning process. With the personalized learning provided at Delphi, students take an active role in their education, learning at their own pace. They work closely with their teachers to design their educational programs and set goals that align with their specific interests and help address their weaknesses. This results in far more student engagement, as they cannot progress in their education simply by drifting along with the group, but rather must take charge of their education and set the pace of their progress.
Another unique and valuable aspect of the personalized learning delivered through the Delphi program is the fact that students are not subjected to lectures given by teachers who are an authority on the subject. Instead, teachers at Delphi act more like guides, showing students the general path they need to follow for their education and helping the student learn how to find answers and solutions to their own questions and problems. This can work to further increase student engagement simply because children are innately hungry for knowledge, and are far more likely to receive and retain information that they feel they have sought out and can understand rather than information that they feel has been shoved down their throat.
If the entire purpose of education is to provide an individual with the basic knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in their future career, it follows that their education must be able to predict what knowledge and skills the individual will need. Assuming that all students must participate in the exact same lessons throughout their entire educational career in order to reach their individual goals can be likened to assuming that every restaurant patron at a particular restaurant will want to eat the same dish. Viewing each student as the unique individual they are and presenting them with opportunities for personalized learning will allow them to not only remain more engaged in their education but also truly thrive in their education, and in their future.