How can I have a problem with competency based learning? This is a question I get asked quite a lot these days.
To be fair, critics of my stance usually take the time to patiently explain in the comment section how my concerns miss the point – competency based learning doesn’t have to be done online or on an electronic device; it’s all about students showing mastery.
Let me lay out my concerns.
I think the term competency based learning has multiple meanings, based on the goals of those who are using the phrase.
It’s a clever strategy to introduce an idea the public would reject outright – like students spending their time on computers rather than being taught by human teachers – and wrapping it in a concept the public does value.
Who doesn’t like the idea of students showing mastery of material in an independent, self-paced manner?
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