Student in Electronical Engineering, SJCE Mysore

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Education system based on the mental ability of the student bypassing the present rigid system.

The idea is to make provision for slow learners, socially deprived by designing class system which could accommodate every student based on their mental ability and skills. This would shun present age based system and substantially increases class enrollment ratio. because what is important after all is an education which makes one proud. this system is implemented in a rural school of KARNATAKA state, INDIA. for more details visit http://www.divyadeepatrust.org/index1.php

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    Gail .

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    Feb 28 2013: This talk just appeared in my in-box. It might interest you:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/andreas_schleicher_use_data_to_build_better_schools.html
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    Feb 27 2013: Many, many school systems do this, with great benefit to students across the spectrum, from those who learn the most slowly or require remediation to those who learn the fastest. The Poverty Action Lab at MIT is one place that has made this finding, using data that may, in fact, be from India.

    There is research evidence on "tracking' also from the United States as well as from other countries.

    The trick in these programs is how well one can identify and distinguish the different needs of different kids. Identification is controversial. There is suspicion, at least, in some places that well-informed or well-connected parents have been able to find a path for their children into programs designed for exceptional children while exceptional children with less informed or connected parents have not been identified effectively and therefore miss the opportunity.

    Another issue is that some children bloom later than others but when they do, show great talent. For a system of this kind to work, it is best to have multiple access points rather than making all such determinations when kids are five or six years old.

    Another issue I have seen (I specialize in gifted ed) is that students who have been given the advantage of learning at a faster rate are typically delighted with the sense of freedom and actual growth that provides. But those not identified for that course are sometimes deeply and permanently resentful. The stress may be greatest for the fastest learners who are not quite eligible for the programs for, say, the highly gifted. No matter how carefully you identify students, someone in that class just below will be the fastest learner in her class and feel underserved and short-changed.

    Because educational systems that separates kids by the rate at which they learn rather than simply by age have been very common over decades, you will, if you search, find ample scholarly research and both scholarly and popular discussion of these issues. Good luck!
  • Feb 28 2013: Mitra gave an excellent talk. I have also been impressed with programmed learning and military training. One size doesn't fit all, but one person is never exactly like another.