Take it from a teacher: At this time of year, school is the last thing on the minds of the K-through-12 set. With only three weeks of class time left in 2011, our country's next generation of leaders has already come to terms with their educational opportunities and has moved on to more pressing real-world issues, like how hard it will be to convince Dad to roll out of bed at 5 a.m. on Black Friday to buy Wii LEGO Harry Potter.
Their parents, on the other hand, have every reason to be preoccupied with the state of education in their district. As the economy continues to lag, Wii LEGO Harry Potter isn't the only thing hanging in the balance: school lunches, bus service and even classroom hours are being scaled back. At the same time, the old public-or-private conundrum is joined by a slew of others.
Neighborhood schools or schools of choice? iPad curriculum or no-tech? Wordless math education? Foreign language immersion?
Education is in flux. With the wide array of options available in the Pikes Peak region, both for K-through-12 (featured in this issue) and higher ed (coming in spring 2012), it's all the more important for parents to be able to make informed choices for their kids.