Take a minute to imagine two different scenarios. First, a high school classroom where you take a class taught by a marine biologist from Monterey Bay in the morning and then read the classics with a Yale professor in the afternoon.
Now contrast that with what the majority of students have available to them in the established education system: A science classroom in the public school that falls within his or her zip code. Of course, parents can also choose to send their children to an expensive private school, but that option only works for those who can afford it.
Most teachers in these schools try their hardest to provide the best education they can, but shrinking state budgets, large class sizes, and administrative burdens from local, state, and federal rules and regulations weigh down the public education system.
The good news is that the first scenario is possible and many students are already experiencing it through digital education.
Digital education options include full-time online schools, part-time virtual courses, and classroom- based, blended-learning programs. At least 1.5 million K-12 students participated in online and blended-learning programs during the 2009-10 school year, according to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. See Ryan’s story for a powerful example.
If we believe that our children are all unique individuals with varying capabilities, backgrounds, and passions, then shouldn’t their education reflect that belief?
Watch and share this story about Ollie and the possibilities of a digital revolution:
“What if, instead of one track, their are hundreds or even thousands of different tracks to take? What if I could go as fast or as slow as I wanted to?”