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Homeschoolers Outperform Public School Students

This is really no surprise to me for a number of reasons:

  • Parents who have made the switch to alternative education are obviously quite invested and involved in their children’s education. This involvement and interest of course often results in greater support and positive reinforcement that will of course benefit the student.
  • Homeschooled children tend to to be more flexible and adaptable which are desirable traits in education and learning.
  • There are so many options for alternative schooling arrangements that a parent or guardian is bound to find one that matches their child’s learning style and personality. My two are in two different programs each one according to his own learning style. The public school environment  is much more traditional and rigid, which may be great for some children but a setback for others.
  • Individualized learning takes place with homeschoolers. As an educator I can tell you that  any students who receives more one on one learning time in any environment most often performs better.

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Skinner’s Teaching Machine

I knew of Skinner and his work on conditioning, but I must admit I had not heard of his concept and experiments with the teaching machine. I was delighted when I saw this Teaching Machine. I believe that the outcomes he described because of the Teaching Machine are truly the objectives that educators hope to achieve by introducing e-learning technologies. Unfortunately, the technology had not yet been invented to truly create the ubiquitous learning environment of today. I also believe that this early look at differentiated learning was significant and that the teaching machine provided a solution for the need for this type of instruction. It also introduced the teacher as an “author” or a producer of content not just a transmitter of information.

The teaching machine would reduce student anxiety, allow differentiated learning and increase the effectiveness of learning. Skinner was ahead of his time take a look!