For students across the United States, it goes without saying, education is not created equal. From overcrowded classrooms to insufficient funding and resources to unhealthy environments, the educational disparities plaguing underserved communities continue to be a rallying cry for many.
While educators and legislators have made slow and steady progress to address and lessen the gaps, the global pandemic has widened and amplified the ongoing realities for children of color.
According to McKinsey & Company, “before the pandemic, students in majority-Black schools were nine months behind students in majority-White schools in mathematics in the Curriculum Associates data set.”
Since the fall, “students in majority-Black schools are now a full 12 months behind those in majority-White schools, widening the preexisting achievement gap between Black and White students by about a third,” concluded McKinsey’s December findings.
Navigating the emotional, physical, and social tolls of learning pre- and post-pandemic has many children simply trying to do their best without falling (even further) behind.
But is there an unspoken element that also contributes to the education gap that’s not often discussed? The answer is yes. The answer also lies within the question: are students being taught based on dated curriculum and structures or are we working to meet them where they are?
Simply put: not every student learns the same. To understand how today’s curriculum and learning can be adapted to inspire children, increase their academic achievement and decrease the educational gap, one must know the learning style each student responds well to.
That’s why educational agencies like Simply MeToDo exist.
Emerging beyond the classroom is the family-owned educational diagnostic company that embraces the power of personalized learning through AI, digital tools, and activities. Founded by Derrick and Shanda Knox, alongside their son, Derrick Jr., the brand demonstrates the effectiveness of MeToDo™, a math-based, diagnostic GAP assessment pathway app driven by machine learning to strengthen students’ personalized skills, reduce bias, and optimize educational outcomes in underserved populations.
In utilizing these tools, parents, educators, and most importantly, students can then identify innovative approaches to support one’s learning style and academic goals.
Recognizing traditional textbook learning or reading and writing fits some not all, Simply MeToDo is on a mission to foster healthy dialogue, instruction, and long-term solutions that will help every child. From the visual, auditory, or kinesthetic (or hands-on) learner, the brand aims to redefine “no child left behind.”
Expanding methods of instruction is imperative to helping students grasp concepts and subjects that can be a challenge or enjoyment. Videos, music, games, live demonstrations, and written concepts should be incorporated into today’s curriculum. Giving students the tools to understand the how, why and what will propel their confidence, excitement, and growth as scholars, no matter their background.
If you’re looking for resources to nurture your student and are unsure where to start, contacting Simply MeToDo is a great place. To learn more visit X.