Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off their first back-to-school tour called #ReThinkSchool! The purpose of this tour is to highlight the innovative and groundbreaking work happening in schools across America. The “Rethink School” tour will showcase creative ways in which education leaders are meeting the needs of students in K-12 and higher education.

The Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, will be speaking at each school about how the family is the nucleus of civic life, but too many in Washington have forgotten that, the bigger the education “system” the smaller the student!


The second stop on day four of the tour was to 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana. 21st Century’s curriculum and teaching methods are designed to let students excel as fast as they are able. This competency-based approach lets students of higher ability progress faster than students at their same grade level. It also permits students to regroup and master material not mastered.

It’s time to re-think what education means to each individual student and to re-think what it means to engage students in a life-long learning journey and prepare for successful careers and lives. Rethinking education ultimately means returning power to parents and families.

It’s time to #ReThinkSchool!