To truly realize the mission of public education, we need to reach out to parents to educate them about the choices available to them and their children. Providing choice is of limited value if we cannot ensure our students end up in the school that is best suited to meet their specific educational needs.
Research shows that students who drop out are influenced by a wide range of factors, and that the act of leaving school is usually not the consequence of any one particular event, but rather a long process of disengagement.
Countless numbers of students fall through the educational system each year as they attempt to conform to the limitations of traditional schools. Their struggle to persist is often through no fault of their own. Location, life circumstances, and physical and emotional issues are far bigger and more common barriers than any problems with attitude, discipline, or motivation.
Parents want and should expect to receive the best learning outcomes for their children, regardless of how much money they make, where they live, or any individual learning challenges. Educational choice is not just about providing options for parents and their children; it’s also a social movement that can potentially propel our entire educational system into more innovative learning environments.
We live in an age of unparalleled innovation that calls for equally innovative measures to ensure that students aren’t sidelined by skill deficits and educational gaps in the future. High school is a crucial time for laying the foundations to prepare them for the best and brightest futures possible, and today we have the tools to make this happen.