(reprint 2)

by peter5427

I hope I read this correctly, but I think this bill proposes that a child’s promotion depends not on time spent in class, but on his rate of progress in gaining competency. This sounds to me like something the home schoolers have known and practiced all along.

But the devil is in the details. Competency in what? Measured by whom? Measured how? And what happens when, as is inevitable because on all measure of human characteristics we all fall somewhere on a normal distribution curve (the Gaussian or “bell” curve), what happens when the classroom is spread out all over the curve? Implementation of this idea requires interesting new teaching tools and especially competent teachers.

Somebody is seeing the dollar signs and is drooling profusely….