This holiday season we’re taking a break from our regular programming to offer a series of reflective blog entries in the holiday spirit. Instead of political commentary, we’re planning to wrap up 2016 by bringing you good news and promising innovations in K-12 education.
Sometimes the school your child attends just isn’t working out and you need to try something different.The students and parents featured on this page describe the schooling arrangements that ultimately turned out to fit just right.
|The Problem with Pencils
Beth Hawkins found a public charter school for her son where teachers and students together create individual road maps for meeting state standards.
|A Day at the Khan Lab School
At Malaina Kapoor’s micro-school, students of all ages work together, decide their own schedules and term goals, and help shape the school with their ideas.
| Florida Reformers Got It Right
William Mattox describes his son’s life as a “hybrid schooler,” a home schooler who takes classes from an online provider, a small private school, and a performing arts program.
|Out of the Mainstream
Lynne Blumberg recalls her days at an alternative high school in Philadelphia in the 1970s where students could create their own courses.
|Finding Time for Tennis and Thoreau
A private online school let Brett Ellen Keeler keep up with high school while traveling in pursuit of her dreams as a competitive tennis player.
These articles all appeared on the “School Life” page of Education Next. You can submit your own School Life story for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org .
— Education Next
Last updated December 22, 2016