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Design Learning from the Extremes - "The Myth of Average"

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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.


Via Kathleen McClaskey, Malachy Scullion, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 2, 2013 5:48 PM

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.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:16 AM

We learn more from disruptions and outliers, but we desparately want agreement.

Library Staff's curator insight, August 14, 2013 1:00 AM

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.

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for the love of learning: Best. Video. On Creativity. Ever

for the love of learning: Best. Video. On Creativity. Ever | Professional Development | Scoop.it

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, July 7, 2013 12:07 PM

Oh, this is SO lovely!~

Mark Gantt's curator insight, July 8, 2013 1:19 PM

love this! creativity

Nancy White's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:39 AM

Beautifully illustrates that if we want students to be creative, we need to give them choice - and freedom to use their imaginations!