Freeing the School-Choice Genie

Oakes McClenahan, 7, does his school work as he watches his teacher’s recorded lesson on a computer at home during the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle, Wash., U.S. March 27, 2020. (Jason Redmond/Reuters)
Many parents who are now trying alternative forms of learning for their kids will not go back to traditional methods.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he least expected consequence of COVID-19 in the education realm will be the vast expansion of educational choices.

Come August/September, and possibly sooner, millions of American parents will have to decide whether to send their children “back to school” in the traditional sense; whether to send them to the same brick-and-mortar school or a different one; whether instead to keep them at home, engaged in “virtual” instruction (and new, often improvised forms of “home schooling”); or whether to opt for a hybrid arrangement that sees them in school some of the time and learning at home (or elsewhere) the rest of

Chester E. Finn Jr. — Mr. Finn is the president emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

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