Saturday, September 18, 2010

Home Schooling - Life Is Not A Series Of Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple choice questions on tests in school came about, not because of the patterns of thoughts that they engender,  thereby making the participants more efficient and effective problem solvers.  They were not made to reflect real life.  In real life...we will usually be handed a broken system and told to fix it...or even a good system, which we are then told to ensure never breaks.  Real life, so often, involves finding out the answer without possible solutions presenting themselves for use as a deductive crutch.

MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS EXIST FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE TEACHERS...OR FOR EASE OF THE SYSTEM.

It is so endemic in our system...so prevalent...that it is used in most types of testing.  It invaded our school system in the early 1970s or so...with the advent of the SCANTRON.

Without the possible answers narrowed down to a few (usually 4-5) from the outset...the student will have to know the answer cold...not merely generalizing...estimating close enough to exclude all others...COLD...STONE COLD.

The Plato Learning System uses direct answer input.  Not multiple choice. Just as in real life.












If you are a home schooler...although some of the multiple choice tests are unavoidable...when possible, use the direct answer or essay format.  They are far superior to the learning process...as they truly reflect questions posed in life.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Home Schooling - Plato Learning Program - American History / Social Science

What pained me the most in school was the text books. Too many times...they filled them with inane material. You had to read through many pages of useless filler on a topic that could have been covered in a much more efficient manner, and, so often, skipped key points...especially when it came to explaining the reasons and direct ramifications.

The beauty of the Plato on line course is it explains concepts and directly ties in the actions to the ramifications of said actions...as well as why it had been done. This is critical information...necessary to make rational decisions...without which merely becomes an exercise in regurgitation.


Here are some examples of the study material:






Supplementary texts should be chosen wisely....using the same criteria.







The basics of the American way...
efficiently taught....effectively learned...
so we may never lose our way to
Revisionists....Relativists....Marxists...
 may no country come under their sway again.







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