Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pervasive Learning & Vacation Time

How much did the kids learn?
Was an interest in history or archaelogy sparked?
Or did they just enjoy the climbing up and down the ladders and through the tunnels?

I'm on a family vacation, we just spent a few days looking at the ruins of the Pueblo civilization in Mesa Verde. We saw their early pit homes built in the 800's and the very sophisticated cliff dwellings built and abandoned in the 1200's. There are many mysteries around this people in terms of why they built the way they did, how they lived, why they disappeared so completely, where they went to, and why nobody ever returned to these dwellings from the time they were abandoned (1285).

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The hot trend in K12 education demographics

I believe that the school choice numbers run like this. Over the last decade, the three hotest growth trends were charter schools, homeschooling, and magnet schools. Each trend showed at times nearly 100% annual growth. I'd estimate overall, they each constitute around 4% of the K12 population with growth in the 25% annual rate.

They've been usurped by a new trend: public virtual schooling which is growing at 100% annually, mostly at the high school level. With the enthusiastic support of teachers (they like working in their pajamas from home) and students; and fueled by superior test results and a really nice cost structure (it can be much less expensive than the traditional approach), the trend appears to be headed towards a few percent.

Where is my data for this? I'm estimating. I've ready many reports and this is my impressionistic conclusion. As this blog develops, I might provide detailed bibliography and sources.