As those in power continue to hang onto the 19th century model of education or accept Common Core indoctrination for their students, parents are moving toward becoming the “deciders” as they chose charter and private schools, homeschooling, and online programs, it is leaving thousands of empty school buildings all across America.
According to a recent study among the cities with vacant school buildings are
- Kansas City
- St. Louis
Author Glenn H. Reynolds provides insights into why parents are abandoning traditional public education and why it will continue to be abandoned. In “The New School” book he maintains that the concept of “one size fits all” mentality by educators is driving the demise of the public school system. He examines how the leftist university bias further exacerbates programs that have little to do with teaching students how to learn and think.
Reynolds points out that what is driving all the changes that parents are seeking is their ability to access data and technology in the knowledge industry that is leading to customization and scalable innovations far beyond what the public schools are offering.
Public school buildings increasingly stand empty as parents rather than educators face the fact that the model of education which was appropriate for an industrial economy is now obsolete. New models powered by the Internet are being developed for the “information age” that leaves many of the “one size fits all” concept dated.
Competition brought about by School Choice and vouchers fueled by home schooling organizations that assist parents in teaching, charter and private schools that are entrepreneurs in meeting the competition for students and schools that provide graduation degrees for students taking classes from Internet- based schools will lead to more empty school buildings as education becomes more customized to fit the needs of students in the 21st century.