The Heritage Foundation publishes and posts JMI Resident Fellow Bill Mattox’s lecture on “The Uncommon Benefits of Hybrid Schooling” based on his presentation delivered April 28, 2011 at the Heritage Resource Bank Meeting in Dallas, Texas.
Most parents want two things: (1) to protect their children from being immersed in a school culture that is at odds with their family culture or philosophical world view and (2) for their children to be sufficiently exposed to people who are different from them that they will be well prepared for success and influence in the real world. Regrettably, one-size-fits-all schools have a very difficult time facilitating this very delicate balancing act. But hybrid schooling can offer a way out of these counterproductive cul-de-sacs, allowing us to customize the learning opportunities for all children so that they can get a well-balanced social and academic upbringing tailored to their unique needs, interests, talents, learning styles, stages of development, and personalities.
***Hybrid schooling customizes learning for children by empowering parents to draw on a variety of educational options.
***Florida, a leader in hybrid schooling, allows students to take all or part of their classes at public, private, or charter schools while taking other courses online. Homeschooling students can enroll in online courses, and can even participate on public school sports teams.
***Hybrid education represents a shift from one-size-fits-all schooling to customized educational options, tailored to students’ individual learning needs.
***With hybrid schooling, we can customize learning opportunities for all children so they can get a well-balanced social and academic upbringing tailored to their unique needs, interests, talents, learning styles, stages of development, and personalities.
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