Jim Shelton heads what is poised to be one of the most influential organizations in education reform in the coming years, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. In a recent blog post, he sets forth his case for why personalization is essential to the creation of an equitable and just education system, including these four principles:
- an intense focus on the individual strengths, aspirations and needs of each student
- a willingness to redesign the learning environment and experience to meet those needs
- a deep understanding of the strategies and practices that would be most effective
- a belief that dramatic outcomes were possible
Few would argue that children learn best when they are invested in what they are learning. But is what Shelton describes as personalized learning sufficient? See for yourself.