Differentiation gone ditsy

Differentiation — tailoring instruction to each student’s needs — is the education professoriate’s new buzzword, writes Malcolm Unwell on The American Thinker.

Perhaps there is a student who is just learning English in your class. And perhaps that student sits next to another who wants to have an in-depth discussion about Shakespeare. Should these two students prove difficult to teach at once, a normal person might consider what the root problem is — that they shouldn’t be in the same class. But the wise education bureaucrat knows that any problem here must be the teacher’s — he must not have differentiated his instruction enough.

Unwell blames the left for imposing groupthink on educators: Any discussing of tracking students by abilities is impossible, he writes.

Whoever you want to blame, I think he’s right about the folly of placing impossible demands on teachers.

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