Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
ViewPoint believes that an individualized approach to education is not only biblical but is also advantageous to the student. It is obvious that not every student of the same age is exactly the same. They are all unique and at different sizes, maturity levels, and, yes, academic abilities. The modern educational system has, unfortunately, sought to herd together students of the same age and teach them all the same materials at the same rate. This approach has failed many students.
In a conventional classroom setting the students are all grouped together and instructed by a teacher who is forced to teach to the “middle” of the class. Invariably, this means that the students that require more time and attention to grasp the material being presented often do not receive what they need. This can lead to frustration, learning gaps, repeating grades, or worse, just being moved along in the system. Additionally, the students that are more advanced in the class are given a disservice in that they are held back to accommodate others. This can lead to boredom and a loss of potential for advancement.
ViewPoint’s individualized approach addresses the needs of all the students by taking them out of the classroom and placing them into a learning center. Because every child is unique, new students are immediately given a diagnostic test to help determine their performance levels in each of the core subjects (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science). Once a performance level has been determined and any learning gaps identified the student will be prescribed a curriculum that is tailored to his needs. It may be that he is at various levels in his core subjects. It may be that she has some learning gaps that need to be filled in order to ensure academic success. Whatever their need is, ViewPoint will identify it and meet it.
The curriculum is self-instructional and does not require a teacher to present. Rather, parents and teachers serve as supervisors that ensure progress and assist as one-on-one tutors to help the child succeed. In this way, learning becomes the responsibility of the student.
Individualized education is predicated upon another important tenant in ViewPoint’s philosophy of education – that of mastery. Click here to read about ViewPoint’s mastery-based education model.