A new look on PL

by Tess Breslin

of The Gleaner

The new Personalized Learning program at Wahlert has received lots of praise from both parents, teachers, and students. Although many current and incoming students are loving the new style of learning, there are still many non-personalized learning students that have their frustrations with the new platform.

“I didn’t sign up for PL because I enjoy the traditional way. I am frustrated at times because some teachers that I have are treating the traditional classes like PL classes,” Brooke Wuebker, ‘23. “Teachers have us setting SMART goals, which is frustrating because there is no reason to.” 

A SMART goal is the kind of goals many PL students are encouraged to use when using the program. A SMART goals stands for a goal that is Specific, Measureable, Applicable, Realistic, and Time-based. This is very important for PL classes because everything is self-paced, so it is important for students to set goals so they know what to accomplish in each class.

“I am not a fan of the new personalized learning program. I personally prefer the traditional way; however, I have never tried PL. I can’t say which one is better,” said Macie Huntington, ‘22. 

The class of 2022, sophomores, will be the first ever graduating class with PL. No other classes before 2022 were offered the personalized way of learning.

“My grade wasn’t offered PL, so I do not know a lot about the program. The only frustration I have with it is that PL is taking away a lot of class options,” explained Ben Montag, ‘21. “Since PL needs special classes, it has been hard to find enough classes to fill my schedule.” 

  Although PL is very well liked by the Wahlert community, there are still many who love the traditional way of school and could never switch to PL.