Back to School: The Rise of Customized Education

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Two great posts about the revolution in education. And thank God for it.

First, from the Heritage Foundation:

Back to School: The Rise of Customized Education

Customized learning has led the education news cycle over the past few weeks as back to school season gets in full swing. And for good reason. Every day there is growing evidence that a seismic shift in the delivery of instruction is underway, bringing with it a tidal wave of educational options for families.

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For their part, policymakers should ensure that education funding is free from 19th-century ideas about schooling, in order to empower families to enjoy the benefits of 21st-century delivery models. School choice—whether vouchers, education tax credits, education savings accounts, or virtual schools—ensures that families won’t be left behind when the online learning revolution is in full force.

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Second, from Forbes magazine:

Let’s Make Education Big Business, With Profit, Loss And High Pay For Top Performers

[S]ince most parents still have little control about where their children attend K-12 school, public elementary and secondary schools are allowed to deviate from their purpose of finding the best ways to engage and educate students. Unfortunately, the current policy experiments to try to recreate market dynamics in K-12 or higher education have been greatly limited.

A real market-based approach would focus on giving customers the power to control all of a child’s share of education spending to design a learning program and experience that is uniquely suited to meet her specific needs. This would give parents an incentive to economize and shop for superior services, while also encouraging learning providers to offer the best services at the lowest possible price. With recent advancements in digital learning technologies, one can imagine how the future of American education could include parents shopping to create truly customized learning experiences for their children.

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