Not yet launched, the Website for young people detailed in the www.HSeverywhere.com online business plan is referred to as "The Model." The Model will be positioned to ratchet up K-12 education productivity in the United States, perhaps becoming a change agent for the young people in your life, too.
The Model will be for the nation's top students to help them build far more powerful background experience and direction that will carry over to their formal learning in the classroom. Likewise, The Model will zoom in on students having the most difficulty learning. And, yes, for the tens of millions of young people "in the middle," it will stand to be an unmatched catalyst. Highly measureable in hard numbers, k-12 testing of every type across the nation after The Model's launch will be compared to pre-Model records of not just the prior school year, but for those across the decades.
By the way, the word "productivity" is not a meaningless buzzword. Productivity, as noted in the www.HSeverywhere.com business plan, means that for the same gargantuan chunk of precious tax dollars spent on pre-k-12 education in the U.S., stronger results will result. At no cost to the taxpayer, nearly every applicable pre-k-12 metric used in the past will stand to not merely be stronger, but consequentially significant. Results will be verifiable, simply by comparing the cold hard numbers before advent of The Model with those post-launch. Forget the nonsensical fractional gains of the past. The Model is a path to multi-point gains, perhaps double digit in initial years, where verification will be via the mountains of historic pre-k-12 data, collected for as long as any of us have been alive.
Parents say, "I know my daughter could do much better in school than she is doing," or "My son just doesn't seem to be interested in learning." From the beginning of the GMnavy.go project, parents have emphasized that any approach to revitalize U.S. education must make learning a "fun" and exciting experience.
Said another way, the attraction of the metrics-based Model will be entertainment, where entertainment will be a constant in the endless and self-generated paths to learning—the key here being that the perception of "entertainment" may bear little similarity from one student to the next. Clearly, every young person can be inspired to learn, but more than that, to learn far more deeply.
Ultimately, as a young person's background experience and learning morph, it may appear to be the slightest of endless incremental steps that sets the stage for what may be a sudden, transformative gateway to a new round of experience and learning. A carryover to the classroom might be a now-personal interest in the STEM subjects, the nice-sounding acronym oft-cited in a speech. On the other hand, The Model is designed to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics an integral part of a young person's experience. An example used in this business plan is that of the elementary (that's right, elementary) student using The Model who stumbles upon combinatorics, a branch of mathematics and graph theory, making the discovery decades before most adults—including adults with a degree in math. The import here: it may a fascination with combinatorics that leads to an immediate and penetrating interest in learning for that young person, very possibly a child who had very little so-called STEM interest before. Providing a kaleidoscope of results and learning paths, all in a delightful context of opportunity and fun, The Model will embody bottom up learning. Young people will self-motivate as they quickly gain personal familiarity and expertise in a new-found interest, easily possible at a level light years beyond that of their parents, guidance counsellors and teachers (mere mortals, not masters of every branch of knowledge in the universe).
Critical is that The Model will likewise be for the youngest of children and that parents will be part of the oversight. As logic may suggest, for young people to get maximum from The Model in high school, The Model's advantage should be part of their lives years earlier (see "Preschoolers, Too," exhibit "V") and to a young child's parents (see "Parents' and guardians' door").
To help eliminate the financial barrier in using The Model, admission will be free.
Fundamental to The Model will be the vast network of instantaneously available mentors and practitioners, at the click of the mouse. As you know, young people learn amazingly fast in mastering technology of interest to them—computers, software, games, you name it. The Model will be positioned to infinitely leverage this principal of self-directed learning, offering a learning environment far different from rote learning, that will lift the mental involvement and interest of students once back in the classroom. Taking their elevated background experience and interest in learning to school, k-12 students will stand to change every learning metric used to gage the results in public and private education, whether SAT results, high school dropout rates, the percentage of students who apply to engineering schools, or how well our eighth graders stack up on PISA against those in Japan and Norway.
Intriguing will be the gamut of change in pre-k-12 results once The Model becomes part of the lives of young people, and fascinating will be the human interest stories that pop up across the country. Our nation has waited long enough.
Martin Nordlinger et al.
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