Dewey (1899) (yes, that would be the 19th Century) wrote
<http://bit.ly/JvR3cG>: ’I may have exaggerated somewhat in order to
make plain the typical points of the old education: its passivity of
attitude, its mechanical massing of children, its uniformity of
curriculum and method. It may be summed up by stating that the centre
of gravity is outside the child. It is in the teacher, the textbook,
anywhere and everywhere you please except in the immediate instincts
and activities of the child himself.’
We recently went through evaluation for accreditation. One of the points the evaluators focused on was the compilation of student achievement in order to improve the educational program. eTutor focuses on the individual student and makes improvements to the instructional program based on individual results.
Many students and parents, as well, view instruction and assessment as competition. Learning is not a race and should not be viewed as such. Each child is special and his/her instructional program should be special. Comparisons between student learning result in a host of problems and issues that extend well beyond the school years. It seems we have not changed much since the 19th Century.