I wrote this as a post for Meanderings while sitting in the RV in the middle of the desert near Quartzsite, Arizona. I was working with a homeschooling family who had decided to enroll their children in an on-line charter school. As one of their learning coaches I was able to stay connected with them even though I was 1000 miles away.
On this particular day I was listening to a live lesson that had been recorded earlier. The teacher was preparing her class of fourth graders for the up-coming state testing. A Vision Dimmed poured out of me as I remembered all of the experiences that had brought me to that particular moment.
Reading it today I realize that it’s not really finished. I want to revisit it and explain that the vision of a truly learner-centered educational system is still alive and well. On-line charter schools like “Connections Academy” are a necessary step in as education moves into the 21st century, and they are a wonderful alternative for many families. But they are just one of a host of alternatives that are moving us into the world that Charles Schwahn describes in his insightful book Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning.
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