Getting kids out in nature on a regular basis helps kids' development. Some schools have partnerships with local parks but students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District have a district-owned nature center.
The rigidity of the current standards-based system could present a problem as personalized learning tries to grow – although some hope advocates on both sides will find compromise that strengthen both ideas.
According to a Johns Hopkins report, two in seven students are ready for higher grade curriculum. This makes grade skipping a potential solution, but not all schools or parents are ready to move kids ahead.