Originally published in The Register-Guard – January 17, 2020
When it comes to learning, we cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach. Everybody learns differently. While many students can thrive in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting, some cannot.
Many students have unique needs and challenges and need an environment that works best for their learning. By forcing all students into a one-size-fits-all schooling system, you lose many students who cannot thrive in that environment.
We must give families and students a voice in their education, whether it’s in traditional brick-and-mortar, online, private or specialized charter schools. Protecting school choice is the key.
I’ve seen this firsthand as a teacher and a parent of a student enrolled at Oregon Virtual Academy. My child was struggling in the traditional setting. He’s on an IEP for dyslexia and teachers struggled to assist him. When I enrolled him into online learning at ORVA, he took off like a rocket.
For us, school choice was vital. Had it not been for ORVA, he wouldn’t be on a path to graduate. Because we were able to enroll him in a school that better met his learning style, he’s successful and will graduate with a standard diploma. All students deserve their best learning environment. All students deserve school choice.
To learn more about Oregon Virtual Academy, visit orva.k12.com