Why Should You Try Self-Paced?
Why does Self-Paced work?
There is a simple idea often overlooked in education, which is that knowledge is created. Human knowledge is not something that has existed forever! All of humanity's formal math and science knowledge at some point was not known, and then at some point, it became known.
In Self-Paced courses, kids are placed in the position of history precisely when knowledge was created. Students are challenged with the same conundrums and mysteries faced by the great scientists and mathematicians in history and prompted to figure them out!
It is the challenge and the curiosity that leads, not tests, grades, and schedules. Students rightly see that reality can be a bit messy and is oftentimes not reducible to one right answer. Creativity, judgment, and ingenuity are what lead to innovation and invention. Self-Paced courses are a platform where these can be expressed. Students wrestle with authentic challenges and use their minds to make sense of the world around them.
What are the benefits of Self-Paced?
Schools and curriculum were created in the image of the industrial factory model, with a goal of maximizing efficiency around repeatable, predictable tasks. The resulting education model is grade-based with a right-wrong paradigm, in which learning tasks are punctuated by school bells. Creativity, judgment, and ingenuity do not lead to success in this old model. Following directions and thinking inside-the-box do.
But as technology has taken over many task-based roles, a higher level of problem solving is what is valuable today. QC’s Self-Paced courses – creative, challenge-based K-12 experiences embedded in compelling narratives of discovery – compel kids to be creative and think differently.
Consequently, schools, micro-schools, and homeschool groups become beehives of student activity kids working together, in groups, collaboratively, or individually, with check-ins, goal setting sessions, and the development of portfolios, which serve as a lasting record of student achievement and excellence.