Pragmatic Solutions to Fixing Education

A learning system that can effectively address our country’s educational problems (considering our current economic climate) must:

  • be inexpensive while addressing the needs of all students (labor intensive solutions are too costly);
  • use the full, still largely untapped, capability of technology available to facilitate learning, not replace it with mindless button pushing (this has contributed to our loss of ability to think);
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  • eliminate negative peer pressure by offering positive interactions between student and machine or student and teacher. Negative classroom interaction will be greatly reduced;
  • do something different, truly outside the box, to excite the largest at-risk, remediating and learning disabled populations (repackaged failures, no matter how pretty the wrapping, will fail as before). Introducing incentivized learning will reward all participants and reinvigorate learning;
  • include students choosing their own teacher(s) (whose lessons most effectively complement the student’s type of learning) to maintain consistency while building a strong foundation;
  • allow teachers to increase their income by encouraging their participation in EXCL;
  • 25870485_xallow busing and school choice for those who insist, but recognize teachers as the primary source of learning. By doing so, reestablish neighborhood schools, increase internet instruction as an efficient and safe way to learn. Waking students early to spend hours on long commutes wastes learning time and positive social interactions — and frankly is cruel, not to mention wasting millions on transportation costs, pollution and gridlock on roads;
  • contain simultaneous audio, video and subtext components (508 Compliance to assist the hearing impaired, constitute the basis for our Instant Replay™ Tutor, and translate subject matter to other languages) — text-based distance learning systems will not be effective when reading proficiency is nationally substandard;
  • create a searchable database for easy-to-find solutions to problems with world class explanations from the video transcripts of participating instructors;
  • create translatable text into a multitude of foreign languages to initially assist immigrants;
  • contain a component of virtual prizes for academic achievement (including awards suitable for printing as well as the creation of an animated avatar for each student, one that will receive the cheers of others in the student’s class when significant milestones are achieved);
  • create first-time learners to prevent the need for an endless cycle of remediation:
    • using current methods, statistics show retrofitting a student’s substandard knowledge is nearly impossible, cost prohibitive, and once lost, the desire to learn will rarely return;
    • using EXCL in Education’s incentivized learning indicates a quicker and more certain return to proficiency and above;
  • allow school districts to make the best choices on choosing the educational books and materials from specific systems — not by slick presentations from publishing houses, but by proven student success data derived from each individual system teaching specific learning objectives;
  • include student and parent choice, but not automatically default to charter schools — the essential ingredient in learning is still being exposed to the best instructors (national statistics actually show LOWER results in charter schools than the average public school (see the 2009 CREDO report, pgs. 41-42)); and, most importantly,
  • change the culture of learning in America. We face a problem never before encountered in this country — a huge portion of Americans simply do not want to be taught. Creating rewards will re-ignite the enthusiasm for students to learn and instructors to teach.

EXCL in Education can do all that and more . . .