Education has come a long way in this country.
We're very far from the days of memorization and rote learning... but also far from satisfying ourselves that we're doing a good job teaching our kids, and students of all ages.
Now throw "competency-based learning" into the mix. It further de-emphasizes the connection between student and classroom seat, and--in theory--lets students learn at their own rate.
Southern Oregon University's Innovation and Leadership program is competency-based; it gives older students credit for what they've learned in life, though outside the classroom.
The program coordinator and two students join us to explain the workings.