Regardless of where you fall upon the spectrum, it is striking to see the lengths to which schools go these days to mold education to the needs of students, rather than bending students to the needs of education. If you ask me, that’s a good thing. As somebody smarter than I once said, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
At Frontier, they offer a physics course for eighth-graders that provides class credit for high school; back in the day, I would have given my left foot to have such a course, instead of waiting until junior year to take physics. They have a course that uses advanced computer programs so students can design different items that they then construct — a really, really advanced version of the old metal shop. And they have a class for struggling students in which they were using video game methodology to teach math concepts.
There’s more, of course, but the gist is that school no longer is a one-size-fits-all endeavor, which probably is anathema to my old English teacher, who spent half the year on diagraming sentences.