Possibly the right effect of flipped classroom

As I see my kids transition to middle school and high school, and then deal with young people at my fairly elite liberal arts university, it is clear that absenteeism and “not doing homework” is a huge factor at the bottom of the distribution.  For 95% of kids, school can and should be easy, as long as you devote 30 minutes a day of your brain to each topic.  I mean, a lot of kids just need reminders every few months that 2/4 = .5, or that every paragraph should have a first sentence that leads into a new idea…

Clintondale’s experience indicates that the biggest effect of flipping classrooms is on the students at the bottom. “It’s tough to fail a flipped class, because you’re doing the stuff in here,” said Rob Dameron, the head of the English department. “I used to have about a 30 percent failure rate in English – these kids come in a lot at third-grade, fourth-grade reading levels. Now, out of 130 kids, I have three who are failing — mostly due to attendance problems.”

via Turning Education Upside Down – NYTimes.com.

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Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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