Monday, August 14, 2017

Elliot Soloway quoted in NYT reacting to mastery-based learning


Professor Elliot Soloway was quoted in a New York Times article reporting on the growing trend for states and schools to adopt mastery-based learning, also known as proficiency-based or competency-based learning. The article, “A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry,” follows a Brooklyn middle school and examines the proliferation of mastery-based learning programs.

Soloway contends that students learn by slowly building on knowledge and frequently returning to it. He rejects the notion that students have learned something simply because they can pass a series of assessments. “Mastery folks don’t understand the fundamentals of what learning is about,” Mr. Soloway said.

Elliot Soloway is Professor, School of Education; Professor, College of Engineering; Professor, School of Information; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

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