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Teens get to assign their own homework


Solanlly Canas had to tackle some tough math problems at home—and she had herself to thank, the New Haven Independent reports. Canas, a senior at High School in the Community (HSC), assigned herself the homework, factoring polynomials, last week. She brought her work into Riley Gibbs’ Room 208 at the Water Street magnet school, where a new experiment is taking place to reimagine high school education. It was a new breed of math class—one where kids assign themselves their own homework, learn at their own pace, and take tests only when they’re ready. Gibbs is one of the first teachers at HSC to take the plunge into “independent pacing”—which re-invents the idea of a normal “class” where a teacher guides all students at the same speed. The new method, which all teachers are expected eventually to adopt under an HSC “turnaround” plan, is part of a quest to end the factory “assembly line” of high school education…

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