During the Virtual Schools Symposium, I met some parents who are working very hard to rally other parents and families to gain access to virtual education, something that is quite hard to do in districts that have worked hard to take that choice away from them. We coined the phrase, “What I Want to Be While I’m Growing Up,” which we thought accurately described what learning online enables their kids to do.

Here is an article about a student in Texas who is pursuing his life this way.

The idea of being what you want to be while you grow up takes a stab at the current methodology: that you have to first go through the industrial process of education before you can be certified to pursue real life. The thing is, students should have access to real life while they are having a real life. Online education takes the unduly wasteful process of seat time education and opens up opportunities for students to pursue activities that are more in line with their interests and goals.

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