School districts have found their overburdened systems are now expected to take on more responsibility than ever before, and balancing their curriculum has become even more difficult. Students who were academically gifted were expected to be able to take and pass a balanced round of classes, but society now demands every student have the same balance before they are allowed to graduate. This presents a host of issues, but they can be overcome.
In the past, students were divided into groups dependent upon their goals in life. Those who were destined to go on to higher learning institutions received the most balanced class schedule, and they reaped the benefits while attending a college or university. Students who were less academically gifted were often taught the basics of a trade, and some of them went on to further their education in that trade at another institution after graduation. They were not required to have a completely balanced curriculum, so the cost to educate them in the traditional school subjects had a limit.
The idea of a balanced curriculum for every student is an ideal, but meeting it is anything but an ideal situation. Struggling districts, short of resources, have found their ability to achieve the goal is harder every year. Many of them have looked for unique answers, and schools now share their successes in this area with other educators. Combining resources in this way has helped ease the burden without depriving students of the education they need.
There are no easy answers when it comes to doing more teaching with fewer funds, but modern educational institutions are learning that moving past traditional teaching is one way to meet their new goals. They are experimenting with new methods, sharing their successes, and they are giving students a better chance to achieve their full potential through modern educational methods.