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Parents consider 'micro-schooling' as traditional schools face uncertainty amid COVID-19

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Posted at 8:12 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 08:41:29-04

(WXYZ) — Parents are considering different options when it comes to school as they manage the pressure of the pandemic.

One option is called micro-schooling. It's basically a small school.

The schooling could happen in regular classroom space or operate out of someone's home using remote curriculum.

Doctor Maureen O'Shawnessy started the micro-school coalition.

She hopes they can help ease drop-out rates, making sure no kid falls through the cracks. She says they also allow teachers to build relationships with each student and focus on their passions.

"We all thrive when we're seen and heard and valued, and that can't always happen if a teacher has 149 other kids to teach that day."

The micro-school coalition offers free information sessions and podcasts if you want to learn more.

O'Shawnessy hopes the conversation on micro-schooling will increase scrutiny of our current system, which she calls outdated.

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