Community Colleges Are to Home Education . . .

18 07 2009

NYT op-ed column:

“Most people in government, think tanks and the news media didn’t go to community college, and they don’t send their children to them.
It’s a blind spot in their consciousness. .. . .”

Ahem. Like home education itself?

These colleges educate students with wildly divergent interests, goals and abilities. They host students with radically different learning styles, many of whom have floundered in traditional classrooms.

Therefore, successful reform has to blow up the standard model. You can’t measure progress by how many hours a student spends with her butt in a classroom chair. You have to incorporate online tutoring, as the military does. You have to experiment with programs like Digital Bridge Academy that are tailored to individual learning styles. You have to track student outcomes, as the Lumina Foundation is doing. You have to build in accountability measures for teachers and administrators.

Maybe this proposal, too, will be captured by the interest groups. But . . .
It’s a reminder that the Obama administration can produce hope and change — when the White House is the engine of policy creation and not the caboose.

We’re big community college fans around here now, after seeing unschooling Favorite Daughter through with flying colors, quirky as she is.

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