http://www.neutralcycle.com/introducing-chambana-bike/ Oops, that has nothing to do with it but it’s really cool. One of our local bike businesses has got 50 single speed ‘minimalist’ bikes that they will rent for *** $69 **** a semester. (Erm, yes, they’re smart enough to want a deposit, too.) They’ll maintain the bike. Think about it: single speed *is* minimal maintenance.
But, back to the *other* link: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/08/28/community-college-new-jersey-struggles-break-through-adaptive-math-courses where using ALEKS for remedial math students is not working out too well.
The comments are informative: yes, readers of Inside Higher Ed pretty much think certain lower forms of life aren’t worthy. Heck, the whole program says that remedial math students aren’t worthy of actual instruction; they are at their little work stations plowing through the ‘adaptive’ lessons, monitored by adjuncts and the the like.
ALEKS is still All About Procedure. http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/stigler_dev-math.pdf explains just how low the expectations for understandning are by students (and, probably, teachers). Yet I can tell you ’cause it’s been happening all week they *can* learn to understand this stuff.
Time to tackle my homework to make stuff to help that happen.