As quoted in:

Education Week. “Surveying the Field: What Should (and Shouldn’t) Personalized Learning Look Like?” Education Week. 8 November 2017.

Personalized learning should:

“Be transparent and subject to public inspection. Products must be independently audited and assessed for alignment to standards and to guard against bias and discrimination. For greatest impact, all personalized learning solutions should also be openly licensed and open sourced.”

Personalized learning should not:

“Be granted a special status as a school reform strategy. It has pros and cons, costs and benefits, and tradeoffs and unintended consequences. There may be no silver bullet solution to improving education—personalized learning is not one—but there sure is plenty of snake oil.”


To be fair, I don’t have a particular dog in this fight. No matter what some may say about me and my work (“gasping,” really?).

Also, be sure to read the excellent companion piece to this story, “The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning,” by Ben Herold.