Redefining What Education Looks Like: Micro-Schools
Even more than a year after the first wave of COVID hit, the entire world is still struggling to recover from the effects of the pandemic. The education sector, however, was one of the most severely impacted.
Amid the chaos of maintaining current school standards while putting student safety first, an unprecedented solution emerged to keep students safe and introduce a new method of educating the young generation: The Micro-School system.
What are Micro-Schools?
Micro-schools are scaled-down versions of Kindergarten to 12th-grade schools. This alternative education system usually has enrollment populations between 5-15, but that figure can rise to 150 in specific situations/areas. Similar to pandemic pods, the primary purpose of this educational system is to create a Project-based learning system tailored to each individual.
Even though Microschools have been around for decades, they have only started emerging at the forefront of education in recent months. Because of this, however, the world is learning about the vast benefits these school systems can offer.
For example, a micro-school can provide a wide range of opportunities. Most of these include education in critical subjects such as English, math, science, and social studies. Some micro-schools also focus on horticulture, while others focus on the arts; some are religious, while others are not.
Micro-schools provide each student with a personalized learning experience due to their small size. Students learn via projects rather than memory, and teachers operate less as lecturers and more like mentors or guides.
This education system is practical and activity-based, often leading to better information retention. All in all, students are encouraged to learn through projects rather than simply memorizing their notes.
Micro-schools operate in various environments, including living rooms, shops, chapels, libraries, and office spaces. The tuition for privately run micro-schools varies according to a lot of factors. It might cost anything between $4,000 and $25,000 every academic year.
Micro-Schools - The Progressive Educational Reform for a Post-COVID World?
Parents are taking full responsibility for their children's education due to the challenges of traditional schooling environments during the pandemic. Home-schooling is emerging as the favored option for most parents in the US compared to sending their kids back to school. After all, having large groups of students in enclosed spaces isn't logical anymore.
Micro-schools seem to be the perfect solution to this dilemma. With a manageable maximum enrollment of 10-12 pupils, lessons can be conducted from the comfort of one's own home with even a single teacher, reducing the risk of a major disease spread. Micro-schools, like telemedicine, can be a conducive alternative for many households trying to maintain stability in their children's education.
The benefits go beyond stopping the spread of the Coronavirus; however, by having teachers distribute custom lesson plans to each student over the school's online network, students can complete specific activities chosen from this pool based on their preferred learning methodologies.
Become an Agent of Reform By Starting Your Own Micro-School
Despite the growing popularity, there is still a minimal number of micro-schools available. Thus the need for more people who are willing to take a bold step.
Croix Management provides expert support for educational solutions with a wealth of experience in education and small business. Reach out to us now to schedule a consultation session and talk about setting up your own Micro-school.
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