Significant Observations on the Growing Interest in Classical Education

This past week, Pres. Bernard Bull of Concordia University Nebraska shared a post from “RealClear Education,” summarizing a market analysis report from Arcadia Education. It highlights the growing interest in classical education across the country. The post caught my attention and struck me as quite significant, especially in view of the interest that our Indiana District has expressed in Classical Lutheran Pedagogy.
Our last District Convention (June 2022) called for the formation of a task force to study this topic, and it instructed the Board of Directors to report the findings of that task force to the District, along with recommendations for where and how we might benefit from the example of a classical Lutheran pedagogical approach in a variety of ways. The task force has completed its work and shared its findings with the Board of Directors, and I anticipate that the Board will be studying and discussing those findings carefully over the coming months.
In the meantime, I wanted to pass on the post that Pres. Bull shared, along with his brief introductory comments (including a salient quote from the little article itself). Here is what Pres. Bull wrote:
“To give some context, if these projections are accurate, the numbers are almost 10 times the total number of students served in P-12 Lutheran schools today.

“‘Arcadia Education forecasts that by 2035, 1.4 million K-12 students will be enrolled in a classical school. That would translate to 2.4% of all K-12 students nationwide. Within the forecast, the largest subset would be over 522,000 students receiving a classical education through a homeschool co-op, online school, or microschool. The next largest subset would be over 300,000 students attending an existing Christian classical school, followed by nearly 148,000 students attending an existing classical public charter school.’”

And here is a link to the article that Pres. Bull was referencing and quoting: