Trevor King

Director of Admissions, Andover College Prep
Old Greenwich, CT, United States

About Trevor

An idea worth spreading

Break the bell curve and let liberty ring.

I'm passionate about

Education & Entertainment

Universities

Dartmouth College

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psychology, social psychology, psych of emotion, behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuorscience, education, educational psychology, adolescent development, moral development, empathy. Entertainment.

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Trevor King
Posted over 3 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?
We assess students at the beginning and end of each term, or, if warranted, more frequently. We measure multiple intelligences and some self-constructs that we believe are valuable or useful. The main data we publish to the public are score increases for standardized tests. We have the highest average increase of an ed. company for the SAT (avg. increase of 340 points) and ACT (avg. increase of 9 points). I would love to have access to an fMRI machine or any tool meant to measure some brain metric, but that doesn't quite fit into our budget just yet... :) I, personally, would LOVE for someone to come in and measure the plasticity of our students' brains and how that changes. The data is used to personalize a child's learning (a staple of our school is our ability to personalize and customize curriculums according to students' interests, strengths, and passions), thus creating a dynamic curriculum that's adaptable to the individual student. Our research and development department also performs analysis on aggregate samples of students. But the most useful feedback is the immediate and individualized feedback our students receive one-on-one from our teachers, all graduates of top ten colleges.
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Trevor King
Posted over 3 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?
I posted a great article about Finland's school system from The Atlantic to my school's (Andover College Prep) Facebook Fan Page. I'll repost it here: ‎"In recent years Finnish students have been turning in some of the highest test scores in the world...Compared with the stereotype of the East Asian model -- long hours of exhaustive cramming and rote memorization -- Finland's success is especially intriguing because Finnish schools assign less homework and engage children in more creative play." http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/what-americans-keep-ignoring-about-finlands-school-success/250564/
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Trevor King
Posted over 3 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?
I think part of the problem with traditional models is the barriers to building a mentoring/teaching relationship with one's teachers because the trad'l model is a one-size-fits-all let's force feed these kids knowledge all day and see which one's retain it. It produces average students. But the system is built on averages. And bell curves. Creating bell curves. That's all IQ tests and any standardized tests are! I say let's break the bell curve!
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Trevor King
Posted over 3 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?
Let me give you an example... A recent WSJ article highlighted that teens' reward centers (their accumbens) is more active than other age groups and more easily stimulated by the presence of peers. This can help explain the power of peer pressure. And it explains why traditional high schools are largely producing homogeneous classes of students that conform to the status quo.