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EDUCATION: Assembly line or individualized education?

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on July 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | 32 Comments »
July 31, 2012 10:20 am

Editorials and letters ask if charter schools can raise student achievement. It is possible, as one letter writer wrote, that one school uses the “whatever it takes” objective in education philosophy instead of the easier segregated assembly line form of education.

Schools have used an assembly line objective, which requires segregation and refusal to educate some students. When federal law and the U.S. Supreme Court banned segregation in multiple forms, schools continued to use the same assembly line objective, which easily fails when we integrate students of multiple levels into one system.

In today’s society, all adults, including those with special needs (who typically were refused an education) are expected to be integrated with society, have regular jobs and be on their own. The “whatever it takes” objective is harder to use because it requires more commitment from schools and students. It also requires individualization of instruction to each student.

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