Olivia is currently enrolled part-time in one of the most unique high school models in the country. Where many schools struggle with ever-expanding student-teacher ratios, Futures Academy, a California network of private schools serving middle- and high schoolers, follows a distinctly personalized model: Every class in every subject has one teacher and only one student. The model takes an eyebrow-raising twist on one-to-one instruction, which in many education circles has come to refer to one computer for every student.
This sounds like a discussion I have had many times with other educators when talking about school models and how to improve schools. "What if every student had their own teacher?" It is an intriguing idea that, on the surface, sounds like the ideal learning environment. However, most times I have discussed this, the conversation usually ends up saying that small group learning would be ideal. Not only because, in reality, most schools cannot attain the 1:1 ratio of students to teacher, but because of some of the things lost in one on one learning such as social aspects. I liked bringing up the point that it usually takes two parents to raise a child (along with the village), why not go 2 to 1 or 3 to 1... That was mainly met with laughs and
When looking at the most successful companies in the world today, some have pointed out that a common factor is collaboration. Drilling down even further some say that unplanned collaboration can lead to some of the best solutions. In this case, collaboration is drilled down to a minimum. In this case, I believe that will have a negative impact on certain parts of the learning process and development of the student.