Chris Lehman is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. What does he have to say about high school and kindness?
The concept behind the analogy is a hypothetical world where writing, pencils and books do not exist. Then, when the pencil appears as an emerging technology, as tablet devices and competency-based learning programs are now, the question is whether it would be quickly embraced, or whether policymakers would call for pencil pilot programs to study their effect on classroom learning.
The answer simply is ‘no’. Standards represent the ‘what’ of school—what we need to know, and what we need to be able to do. These standards may be identified as essential or important and may be mapped using local, state, or national frameworks. When New Hampshire mandated that a high school student could only gain credit for a course when mastery of the course competency was demonstrated, teachers had to write course competencies. It forced the question: What is a competency?
Arooj Ahmad is a high-achieving 15-year-old high school sophomore at Libertyville High School in suburban Chicago who has taken a focused interest in reforming the U.S. education system, which he calls outdated.
A high school student’s perspective on experiencing competency-based learning at Mescatine High School. A powerful example of the impact competency-based learning can have on student voice and ownership of learning.
There continues to be a deep and broadening consensus around the nation that school systems, particularly high school organizations, should adopt competency-based models. The two (2) reports submitted to each respective state make the case for such adoption. Of particular note is the common thread of flexibility that each report identifies as a requirement for effective implementation of a competency-based model.