As we continue our work with curriculum development and design, we recognize that we must remove barriers and ensure the content is accessible to all learners. The TEDx Talk linked below by Todd Rose articulates this necessity.
I encourage you to watch this talk and consider how it impacts our work as educators.
Mr. Rose shares the story of the U.S. Air Force design of the cockpit for the average pilot and makes a connection to an education system’s design for an average student. He challenges us to to wonder: Does there exist an average student? If not, then if we design for the average student, we design for nobody. We must recognize that students vary in each dimension and we must respond accordingly. As Mr. Rose says – Ban the average. Design to the edges.