New Hampshire’s Department of Education has tried its best to address legitimate concerns with an innovative “Learn Everywhere” initiative but it’s clear that Democrats and the public school bureaucracy have dug in on a “Learn Nowhere but Here” model.
Democrats on a state legislative rules committee spiked the idea last week. That’s a shame. We hope Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut and his team don’t get discouraged and give up on attempting to spark learning in new ways.
The “Learn Everywhere” program would allow high school students to earn required credit for participation in programs outside of school, such as on-the-job learning with real businesses. Such programs would have to be approved by the state. They could not be created on someone’s whim.
Opponents said the program would ride roughshod over local control of public education. While local control is a legitimate concern, there are several ways in which the local v. state line is sometimes blurred in education. With strict limits on the “Learn Everywhere” program in terms of number of credits allowed, it seems worth the effort to break out of the box with this program.