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Topic: Mastery approach to high expectations
Replies: 3   Last Post: Mar 15, 1996 5:23 PM

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W Gary Martin

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Re: Mastery approach to high expectations
Posted: Mar 15, 1996 11:38 AM
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Hello? Anyone there? Everyone on Spring Break? Guess I'll jump in here...
Regarding this "test until they pass" routine. Does that ensure that
they have learned anything whatsoever? Other than memorized procedures to
solve particular types of exercises? What do they really know? My guess:
Very little. Give them anything off that beaten track to "mastery" and
they will collapse.
I find this particularly frightening with PST's because of the modeling
effect; is this really what we want them to do with their children? Could
anything be more antithetical to the Standards?
Finally, I would say the mastery approach does not fulfill high
expectations at all, rather massive quantities of trivial expectations.
Sorry if this sounds negative, I am stressed but just could not let
this pass, Gary

Gary Martin
University of Hawaii

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