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Todd Rose talks about the "Myth of the Average" in his TedTalk comparing education with the Air Force who found that no one is average.
We learn more from disruptions and outliers, but we desparately want agreement.
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Each student has a jagged learning profile. They have strengths, averages and challenges. If you design learning for the average, you design it for nobody. We have created learning environments where we can not expect learners to do what we want them to do.
The average hurts everyone. Designing average destroys talents in two ways:
> The existing educational environment can not challenge learners as it creates an environment where they become bored and sometimes dropout.
> It means that your weaknesses will make it harder for you to see your talent.
It is all about nurturing individual potential.
Average is an interesting concept. Pinning students down to numbers or percentages in terms of what they can achieve does them a disservice and never tells the real story.