Originally published in The Patriot-News – January 31, 2020
I’ve been reading a lot about pending legislation that would shut down cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania and restrict the rights of families to freely choose these public-school options. This breaks my heart, because Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is the one place where my students feel accepted, understood, and can grow at their own pace.
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for students struggling with math, because as a young student, I struggled with math. It always seemed to be a race and everyone else around me was ahead by laps. My students are improving and learning that math isn’t so impossible, and they have a space where they can make mistakes without fear. In my cyber classroom, we sing and dance our way through mistakes, because mistakes are proof you are learning. And when they start a problem over, they are not starting from scratch, but from experience.
I’ve had students with serious medical issues that forced them to accumulate devastating truancy issues at their local brick and mortar school. Do they not deserve to have the same education at their fingertips as their healthier fellow students? I’ve had students literally in tears and afraid to go to school for fear of bullying or potential future school shootings – do they not deserve to feel safe?
Cyber charter schools are serving thousands of students with similar needs, but they can only do so if parents in our state have power and freedom to choose their school.
Nicole Manley, remote teacher, Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Exton, Chester County
To learn more about Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, visit https://pa.insightschools.net/