Another great article.
Competency-based education (CBE) has been defined as a system in which students advance at their own pace upon “mastery” of “content, 21st-century skills, and dispositions.”[i] It is associated with computer-based training, known euphemistically as “digital learning” or “personalized learning.”
- CBE is the antithesis of a liberal-arts education. It focuses not on academic knowledge but on workforce skills. The natural devolution is to allow politically connected corporations to develop “badges” and “credentials” that will be required and to convert K-12 into merely a training program for their entry-level employees.
- CBE does nothing to transmit our culture and our civilization. “If education is beaten by training, civilization dies,” C.S. Lewis wrote, for “the lesson of history” is that “civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost.”
- Even if education were properly viewed as workforce-development, CBE fails the test. The German model shows that students who have such…
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