Trends to Watch in Elementary and Secondary Education - From Coastal Leadership Academy

January 9, 2020

At every level, county, state, and federal, worries continue to multiply concerning the US education system.

Declining performance and rising dissatisfaction with traditional models converge with the emergence of technology that can launch an education revolution.

The future holds the potential for more individualized programs. It will also empower more who choose to educate their children at home.

Charter schools and other non-traditional approaches have the agility to implement the newest technology and techniques to provide a customized education for students.

Non-traditional schooling, including charter schools such as ours, serves more students every year. We have seen specific trends develop concerning traditional and non-conventional education that we expect to continue into this year and explain them below.

Confidence in Traditional Public Education Continues to Decline

According to Voice of America news, America’s confidence in the public school system has now dipped below 50 percent. A majority of Americans express disenchantment with the current system and also little hope for improvement going forward.

Less than 10 percent regard the public education system as “excellent.”

Problems include not only a decline in academic performance, but also a rise in discipline problems, bullying, and the impact of increasing family dysfunction in many communities.

Parents Seek Modern Alternatives

Times and technology are changing. Traditional educational institutions, however, struggle to keep up. Public schools have seen a release from many federal mandates in recent years. Unfortunately many states still remain ossified by bureaucracy.

Large student populations and class sizes combine with rising levels of discipline problems to make today’s public schools more difficult places in which to learn, or even to feel safe.

Charter schools, private schools, educational co-ops, and homeschooling have stepped in to meet the demand posed by parents who have lost faith in traditional public schools.

These institutions have what traditional institutions do not: the latitude and the ability to embrace innovation to enhance the whole student experience.

Technology Will Drive Education Innovation

The same forces transforming science, manufacturing, business administration, and other fields will also revolutionize education.

The Internet of Things and artificial intelligence will open an array of possibilities in teaching and educational administration. Software and apps can collect and process information more quickly than humans.

Additionally, the emergence of 5G internet for mass access will create optimal conditions for expanding educational opportunities beyond the school. Upgrading to 5G means not only improvement in speeds, but also vastly enhanced capabilities for connected devices.

We cannot fully predict the total impact, but it will unleash ingenuity and innovation as we have never seen before.

More Opportunities for Parents and Students

Modern technology and emerging alternatives mean that the one-size-fits-all school looks more archaic than ever. We predict that parents and school boards across the country will both seek out more flexible education solutions to meet the demands of students, the workforce, and other important community needs.

Charter School Numbers Continue to Expand

Charter schools are in the best position to take advantage of the education revolution. Since most have access to public resources, but also have the latitude to innovate, they can bring unprecedented educational opportunities to students.

Homeschoolers and Education Co-ops Educating More Children

Home-based education of individual students and groups of children will also see a tremendous expansion. Parent-instructors who need the most support in creating effective course materials may find better access to, for example, AI-based programs that can help them to teach and assess more accurately.

The enhanced technology can also build more bridges between home instruction and schools willing to assist and support in their efforts, wherever they may be across the globe.

The Future of Education Is Coming

A few words can only provide a few ideas about what technology offers the future of education.

Each will have opportunities to use the full potential of the digital age to educate and inspire the tradespeople, business owners, scientists, teachers, leaders, and other vital vocations needed in the future.

To learn more about how Coastal Leadership Academy and other charter schools are pioneering the latest in education technology and techniques, call today.