Last week was designated as National School Choice Week and is a nonpolitical and nonpartisan celebration of effective education options for children. The week shines a positive spotlight on all types of education options for children – from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling.
Every student learns differently, and while the right to choose a school out of your district is important, it is equally as important for families to have the right to opt out of a traditional brick and mortar school and choose an online high school for their child.
National School Choice Week is geared towards raising awareness and putting appropriate pressure on legislators to continue allowing families to choose the school and the curriculum that is right for their child. In some instances, educators can play an unconventional role in this conversation. When a student is struggling or beginning to disengage from school and their family isn’t engaged, the educator plays an important role keeping that student on a path to earning a high school diploma. That could mean something different for each student, for some online dropout recovery or credit retrieval could be helpful but sometimes steering them towards a virtual high school makes the most sense.
Ultimately, education is no longer a one size fits all ecosystem. Parents and educators have the ability, now more than ever, to make sure that all students are afforded the opportunity to learn utilizing a curriculum and learning environment that is right for them. Here at Penn Foster we celebrated National School Choice Week by honoring the 20,000 high school students who graduated last year, and work hard every day to keep our over 50,000 active students engaged and pushing them towards completion in 2015.