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Fred Goff
CEO and Founder of Jobcase
over 6 months ago
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Bill Gates thoughts on "personalized learning"

I don't know if you all know this , but Bill Gates spends most of his time working on philanthropic ventures - a lot on healthcare and education in particular. He found an interesting school and writes about it here - wonder what you think bout this... #education #billgates #innovation

https://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/Why-I-Love-This-Cutting-Edge-School-Design?WT.mc_id=20160824144200_BTS2016Summit_BG-TW&WT.tsrc=BGTW&linkId=27983436

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Libby Hollander

He is part and parcel of global genocide.

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J. BRADSHAW

Not a Bill Gates fan. I do recommend if your interest is leadership and/or business you pick up a copy of Jack Welch's The Real Life MBA.

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Karla Wells

I love this idea. I wish my son's school would adopt this. I think it would benefit him so much. Instead of dreading school, I believe he would look forward to it again.

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Marquis Lewis

Thanks... This is a pretty good read. Project-based learning certainly has its advantages. Ironically, though, I'm taken to the discussion between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs not too long before his passing. Couldn't it be said that Apple is the product of successful project-based learning? I would say, yes. Then there's the CNN[?] Steve Job special. Then there's this post.

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oliver rojas

I think this is good although I think another component worth considering is a parents contribution to rearing children. Child neglect and abuse are key components to hampering a student's growth, so I think as we test out new approaches to improving scholastic performance we ought to also conisder how we improve the conditions and opportunities for parents to foster and found a nuturing home life.

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Sudarshan Singla

i am unemployed since 2006. looking for well paying job. i am an educated physician, and fed up with the bureaucracy that i place my medical license in the retirement status in 2012 with the state of Pennsylvania. reply with encouraging news to my email address singla.md@gmail.com.

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Kimberly Fain

When I was going to school, education was just something I thought was required to get a good job and have a good life. It’s pretty clear that not all children learn the same way and taking the approach of personalizing education to honor or assist in finding the differences in youths learning. Some learn in pictures, and some learn by listening a retaining. Not every child has the same knowledge and skills or rather obtain information the same.

Personalization learning is often used in the ed-tech community. For many educators personalized learning does not mean the student gets a choice on how they are taught within schools. For instance, I never learned mathematics because my instructor did not let me know that I needed to memorize my multiplication tables in order to use them. I didn’t know that and math was always my worse subject. I love computers and if you don’t know math, thank goodness for calculators! With that being said, when I was going through my doctorate program I took it one day at a time. I never imagined being a doctor because I didn’t think I was smart enough. I just took each day one day at a time and got through the program in 2010.

So with that being said, I totally agree with Mr. Bill Gates and hope to meet him one day!

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Gokma Hutagalung

All the people is a.must Do.and Learning to prepare grow of.mindset how to the man made world

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Toya Thomas

Need a Microsoft job..will he help me get training? Than hire me??

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JB Blank

Having read the article, didn't think much about it. Obviously, Bill prefers to push anything that's computer-based. Referencing Zuckerberg was a distinct negative, as Mark's 'history and ethics' leave a LOT to be desired, and Zuckerberg is NOT a man any child, or their parents, should hold up as any sort of 'role model'.

Tools that help can also harm. Bill cites 'computers and software' as something of a 'be all - end all'. Not correct, at all. While computers are USEFUL tools, we have also seen that a different form of computer, the cell phone, created issues in the classroom that had to be, and are still being, addressed. For example, kids texting or playing games on their cell phones during class. That is NOT conducive to 'personalized learning'.

While individualized curriculum IS an excellent idea, there is still a curriculum of 'basic knowledge' that EVERYONE must acquire, simply to function in the modern world. This curriculum doesn't need to be individualized, but it still must be learned. We often see the failure of that in the writings and musings of others, even on Jobcase.

What Gates does NOT actually address is HOW to motivate students, and keep them motivated, TO 'hunger for knowledge'. WHY does Gates not address the issue? Perhaps because it's a MUCH harder issue TO address. Personalized curriculums DO assist in that aspect, but that alone is NOT the 'total solution'.

As in real life and adulthood, some times what is required is the need to get beyond the 'this is what I WANT to do' and focus on 'this is what I NEED to do', in order to be successful, maintain a household, have and raise children. Oddly, many (most) folks (at least in the U.S.) do NOT get this simple concept.

SOME times, the individual must simply 'force' them self to focus on what 'needs' to get done to achieve their objectives, their goals, their dreams. Therefore, it's a tremendously valuable ASSET to acquire to look at that 'work' as something to seek out, to look forward to, even enjoy. 'Hard' work achieved creates an accolade hard-earned, joyfully relished afterward, and provides a myriad of future benefits. Additionally, it leads one in the inevitable direction, "I've succeeded with that, what NEW challenge can I find?"

Gates has had this concept 'internalized' since boyhood. We see the results in him of that 'internalization'.

While Gates has provided a "Gee, I wish I'd had this' moment to reflect upon, his article failed to answer HOW to create the SAME 'internal hunger' in others that he was 'born' with.

That 'hunger' CAN be created, at ANY age, but the individual MUST create it for them self. No 'outside influence' can 'force' one to do that what they, by nature, MUST do for them self.

Such is human nature. Success? Failure? YOUR choice.

Choose wisely.

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