The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences

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Individualized Learning
Among the many flaws that currently trouble our education system there is one that vividly stands out to me, and that is how our current system is threatening individualism. Our system is oriented towards being efficient to large groups of students and forgets to take into account how people have different interests, ideas, and ways of learning. Instead of being so centered on the amount of students that are being educated, its main concern should be the quality of education each student as an individual is receiving. Something that would help improve our education system is focusing on a much more individualized way of learning. An individualized approach to education would promote progress and diversity. It is
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This information about students would improve the way teachers educate them, they would have a better understanding of students and could find a more effective way for them to learn.
Standardized testing is a great example of how our schools don’t take into account students’ individualities. It’s not realistic to think that you can fit something as subjective as the knowledge and/or learning abilities of a person into a “standard” test. My number one concern with these tests starts with the name itself. The word “standard” implies that there is an established way to determine how much a student has learned. It also assumes that all the students taking these tests possess the same knowledge. Requiring everyone to answer the same set of questions and expecting the exact identical answer would mean that all the people taking these tests think the same way. If this is the goal that our schools have then it is fair to say that we are in desperate need of a change.
As John Taylor Gatto said in his essay “Against school”: “What if there is no "problem" with our schools? What if they are the way they are, so expensively flying in the face of common sense and long experience in how children learn things, not because they are doing something wrong but because they are doing something right?”. With the way that our system works these are crucial questions that not only need to be asked but answered.
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