Is there such thing as the “average” person? An “average” student? Does a one-size-fits-all education fit the needs of all students? Consider this:
After WW-II, a military study was conducted to determine the best size to build a cockpit for army airmen. Lieutenant Gilbert Daniels, the head of the study, believed by measuring all pilots on ten physical dimensions, he could find the average size of a pilot, thus determining what size to make a cockpit. The findings: out of 4,063 pilots, not a single airman fir into the average range on all ten dimensions. It turns out, designing a cockpit for the “average pilot” fit no one. And so, the US military began to build adjustable cockpits, designed to fit the shapes and sizes of all airmen.
In his book, The End of Average, Harvard scientist Todd Rose details the idea that there is no average person. Statistically it is not possible for an exactly average person to exist and when carefully researched, data supports this assertion. Using 10 data points derived from the Indigo Assessment, Indigo Education Company used a sample of over 15,000 students to find out how many were “average” for all ten data points. The results indicated that out of all the students, 0 were ranked “average” on all ten points, and only two were ranked average on nine out of ten points.
If no student is average, why does the education system insist on measuring all students against the same set of standards? If schools are going to train the next generation of leaders, our schools need to invest in more personalized learning, and stop using arbitrary measurements to rank the success of each individual. Ending average in education completely changes the priorities of our system. It changes teacher training programs, what we spend our money and time on, how our schools look, how we measure success, how we define ourselves, and perhaps most importantly, how we give people the opportunity for an authentically fulfilling life.
Download Ending the Average in Education to learn more about this study and visit www.indigoedco.com to see how Indigo Education Company is shifting the norm in our education system.
For more on the science fo individuality, and Todd Rose, read The End of Average.