Students today are becoming more and more disengaged every day. We all have students who sit in class and do the bare minimum to get by and pass the class. We also have students who work really hard, only to fail. We have the advanced students who sit in class bored because they understood the concept five minutes into the class and now have to wait for everyone else to grasp it. And we have the average student who will get by with B’s and C’s in the current system. Our current system is unfair to each and every one of these students. We as educators must find a way to allow every student to find success at their personal pace and support them along the way. I believe we also need to take it another step further by helping each student find their own personal path to success as well.
It is my opinion that competency based education allows this to happen. In a Competency Based system grades no longer have any purpose. Educators can set the bar to the level they want students to reach and then give each student the time and support needed to reach that level. Time will no longer be the constant, with learning as the variable. Instead this will have flipped so that learning is the constant, with time as the variable. In a Competency Based system, conversations change from what do I have to do to get an (insert grade), to what is the best way to learn and demonstrate this competency. To me, this is an exciting switch. Almost every educator got into education to make a difference in children’s lives and because it was important to them that their students learn. If it is more important that students learn, than when students learn, Competency Based Education is the answer for all of us.
Let’s help each and every child unfold their full potential through Comp. Ed.