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Digital Learning: Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back?

By Avery Goulding, ’19

As I make my way through high school, I’ve come across a very different type of algebra along with a completely different array of teaching styles, and I’ve realized that algebra is no longer really the algebra I remember. The math we students grew up on has been tainted to fit many new learning techniques. Students are no longer taught traditional formulas or encouraged to practice mnemonic devices in order to retain the information. The result: the new methods have made algebra even more challenging.

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ALEKS is an online learning program used by the math department at ELHS.

Entering high school, I was expecting a more in-depth explanation of algebra with the helpful hand of a qualified teacher to really explain the material to me so I, as a student, could get the full learning experience I needed to succeed in this subject. Considering I struggled with the material in the first place, I was in need of a little extra help. Instead, students were placed into an online learning program intended to give them an “at your own pace” experience, yet expected to complete so many topics within the site in a certain amount of time. Not only does this stress students out because they feel like they aren’t smart enough to the complete the work in the given amount of time, but it doesn’t give them a fair chance to receive the amount of attention and focus they deserve to completely understand the work. Teachers aren’t always able to get to every kid in the class, not to mention everyone is in a different position on this website which makes it hard to reach out to other students if they need to as well.

Edward Little Likely Changing Finals Week

By Aisha Ali, ’14

As a movement towards Mass Customized Learning, Edward Little High School is exploring eliminating finals week starting next year, which in turn would likely mean no more exemptions from finals for students.

“[ Finals week] is outdated, it was something that served its purpose in the olden days,” said Steve Galway, assistant principle of Edward Little High School.