Education

Regents Academy

Can evolutionary science inform classroom design in such a way that kids who are failing become academically successful? Yes, and the success of the Regents Academy indicates that important changes can be implemented at little or no additional cost to the school or district.

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Regents Academy

What can evolutionary science bring to an education setting?  In an effort to find out, the President of the Evolution Institute, David Sloan Wilson, assembled a team to create a school-within-a-school program for students who had been failing.  The program was designed around principles and knowledge gained from research grounded in an evolutionary perspective.  From a pool of students who had failed at least two courses, half were randomly selected to participate in the program.  After one year, the participating cohort of students went from failing the state assessment exam to achieving parity with the same-grade cohort of students – a very large and significant increase in the pass rate.  The non-participating students showed no change.

The success of the Regents Academy was reported in a peer-reviewed article in PLoS ONE and is summarized in an easy-to-read flyer for educators, administrators, and parents interested in our approach.

Below are links to media reports about the Academy.

Scientific American (DS Wilson blog about the program)

NPR transcript Weekend Edition

Nature Magazine  – covers other projects in addition to Regent’s Academy

On Being (NPR prodcast)  – covers other projects in addition to Regent’s Academy