Many people say that our education system is flawed. What drives me nuts is when people suggest that the solution to the problem is MORE of the same stuff – longer school hours, skipping recess, more tests, etc. Isn't this the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results?
Fortunately, not everyone is on that same treadmill. There are some wonderful new and innovative school programs out there now, and more and more are popping up all the time.
One thing that impresses me a lot is that it seems that for the most part, it is homeschoolers who are leading the way. We are the ones who have had the courage to buck the system and to keep looking until we find what actually works for our individual children.
Homeschoolers have many learning opportunities they take advantage of:
individualized standards and learning plans
frequent field trips
time to work on special interest projects
It's no wonder that homeschooling continues to grow.
Yet what I see as the education of the future is neither homeschooling nor traditional schools. Rather, the school of the future will be a blend of the two.
Parents, not teachers, will be responsible for finding the right learning situation for their children. Students do much of their learning online. Students will go to school to meet with their education consultant and to attend classes where they can collaborate with other students. Students will have time to pursue their own interests. Simply, every student will have increased access to a variety of learning experiences, which will give each child a greater chance to live up to their highest potential.
Can you feel it? Change is happening and YOU are part of it! Yay!!!