Between the hours of 230 and 3:30 PM children all over the country are leaving school and making their way home to talk about all the new things they learned throughout the day. Perhaps some absorb everything, and they can parrot back much of the information to the parents, feeling extremely confident that they have reached their maximum potential for the day. Other children, however, struggle recounting much, if anything, that they learned from the day. These are the children that answer the typical parental question about what they learned today with a nondescript shrug. As a parent, it can be difficult to know if your child is truly absorbing the information that they are given every single day. Their teachers may not be as dedicated to their future as you are, or they may not understand the material the same way that their peers do. Then there are the students that feel as though they could work ahead of their peers, but they are not given the opportunity to do so. This, in and of itself, can lead to low functioning because students are not rewarded for their increased excess in class. What can be done for all these terrible situations?
Betsy DeVos, the acting Secretary of Education, believes that the biggest portion of this problem can be solved by enrolling students into programs that are more specialized. She means that students would do better in magnet schools, private schools, specialized schools, or online learning environments. These all give children different advantages when it comes to their educational goals. For the student that is always working ahead, they may benefit from placement within a magnet school or even an online learning environment. Both situations will allow the student to work at their own pace or are largely self-directive. Children that feel as though they are struggling to keep up with the pack may find more solace in a specialized school or private school. Each of these places gives a student more one-on-one interactions with their teachers, leaving the door open for deeper discussions of the material. The best thing about all these options is that they are completely interchangeable with different students because of their high degree of customizable content. The difference between these programs in public school is that they do not adhere to a very ridged set of standards. Parents will see students coming home from school with more confidence and higher marks because of the customized fit of their education.
To achieve this goal, Betsy DeVos believes that the best option is to take away funding from public schools to provide more resources for these types of programs. She believes that the benefits are easily apparent and anyone who has enrolled a student in this type of education would be more than willing to pay extra to enroll their own children into these programs. The major concern that she has with this program is getting more parents on board, there is still much to be done but parents are finding it difficult to adjust to a different type of learning method. It is her hope that it will one day become the norm.
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