by Jonathan Butcher
Goldwater Institute
May 29, 2014
Policy Report
Legislators and school officials must replace seat-time requirements, which require children to spend a certain number of hours at a desk each day, with policies that ask students to demonstrate proficiency in different subjects. Once a child has learned the material, they should be free to move on to the next level, regardless of where their peers are in the lesson. Taxpayers should fund classrooms only after students have demonstrated mastery over their subject material. Schools should enhance a child’s access to educational opportunities, not require students to enter the same classroom for 180 days each year. Students should have the flexibility to learn wherever they want, whenever they want, from whomever they choose. This is the future of learning.

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