Lesson (re)Learned

There is a teacher shortage in the US, and it’s worse than we thought (of course). According to the U.S. Department of Education, 40+ states in the US report some significant degree of shortage of mathematics teachers in particular, leaving some to question whether the profession is worthwhile.

Compounding all things, COVID-19 has also disrupted teachers and students, especially those that are unilaterally hurt by having learning styles that require being in the physical presence of teachers and students. Many students learn less without engaging in a face-to-face manner with tutors who can personalize the experience.

What’s more, consumer and workplace preferences may very well value face-to-face interactions less. Such preferences, while fine per se, could leave those who have brought value to the workplace primarily with soft skills at a disadvantage. Less face-to-face time means less opportunities for the charismatic to woo potential clients. If the need for soft skills is lessened, will the need for “hard skills” such as math rise? Perhaps. But even without such a dynamic, the need for those from a STEM background is rising just by the leaps and bounds big tech is making.

The need for maths mastery is increasing while the service of public and private education is struggling to deliver.

The need for maths mastery is increasing while the service of public and private education is struggling to deliver. Parents, then, are spurred to consider other means of educating their children.

Learnatric is one private option. Unlike its competitors, it does not teach in a linear fashion: e.g., after lesson 12, the student must learn lesson 13. A major problem with teaching linearly is that a student who only learned most of lessons 4, 7, and 10 (let’s say), is ill-equipped to succeed for much of what she’ll face in upcoming lessons.

Instead, Learnatric assesses each and every answer a student submits by rescaling hundreds of micro-assessors. This way, instead of seeing that Oliver scored 85% on a unit test (and so is ready to move along), Learnatric can identify and curate content so that Oliver can learn and relearn the 15% he’s still struggling with. If a real tutor could identify the 15% Oliver struggles with, we feel that technology has come far enough that a web app should be able to do the same. 

While nothing can replace family and tutors when it comes to education, Learnatric is the best next option for zeroing in on what lessons and concepts have dropped through the cracks for each child.

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