In my job promoting and training teachers to use a computer-adaptive GED prep program, I encounter a lot of anxiety about the changes and uncertainty as the free market shakes up the high school equivalency (HSE) playing field. It reminds me of something that I'm going through with my family. Basically, our 10 week old Matilda Clementine is often inconsolably upset. Day in and day out our colicky baby makes me think I'm not going to
survive this parenting thing with its incredible decibel levels,
demanding schedule, and unsustainable workload. She's got me wearing earplugs, looking for escape routes, and occasionally drowning my sorrows.
We're both a little upset here. Not pictured: earplugs, large glass of extra-strength beer.
We've been down this road before with our two boys, but it's easy to forget how we managed, or even the simple fact that we did get through it. Eventually, the kids got more capable and started to gradually reveal their personalities. Similarly, adult education programs are survivors that weather stormy political climates, budgetary neglect, and occasional bouts of homelessness. The new HSE tests will just be more bumps in a road that isn't really changing direction, if you ask me.
Flex, A La Carte, Enriched Virtual, and Individual Rotation
The article is K12-focused (something we're used to in adult ed), but the current tumultuousness in our field will make it pretty easy to see paralells when it comes to competing teaching models vying for learners attention (or maybe that should be: competing learning models vying for teachers' attention!).
That's it. No lecture from me. We'll talk after you've read it. The comments section is where you do that. See you there.