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Fall 2020: A Third Option?

Whimsical collage of a man reading a book on a mountain with a newspaper sunset and a hot air balloon behind him

Well, hello!

After a week off for the 4th of July, I returned to find that my local school district announced some big changes for the fall. 

People are being asked to decide whether they want 100% in-person or 100% virtual schooling. To be honest, I don’t know if I’d be comfortable with either of these options. 

Has your school made any announcements yet?

In episode 31 of the Vocabbett podcast, I discuss how I fear our education system is following in the footsteps of the airline industry. While taking off our shoes/belts, removing liquids, getting patted down, going through metal detectors, etc. may make us more safe, it diminishes the experience of flying. 

Similarly, sequestering yourself in one room with a mask and a gallon of hand sanitizer may make you safer, but let's be honest: it's going to take away from the school experience.

What I’d like to know is: if I created entire courses at Vocabbett (not just SAT prep), would that be helpful for you?

These courses would be specifically designed with this time period in mind; they aren’t physical courses that have been put on Zoom. 

I would focus on English and history, and would teach students in grades 7-12

You could choose between a self-managed model, where I create the course but parents manage the implementation, or a done-for-you option where I essentially become your teacher! The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that this would be an extraordinary opportunity for students. 

And what better time to explore a third option? I don’t think there’s a college out there that would object to you being proactive about your education during such an uncertain time. 

Don’t forget to listen to the entire episode below!

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