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December 27, 2011

Guest Blogger: Pros & Cons Of Online Learning For K-12

This guest post is contributed by Melanie Slaugh, who is enthusiastic about the growing prospects and opportunities of various industries and writing articles on various consumer goods and services as a freelance writer. Melanie writes extensively on topics related to internet service providers in her area.  As is the tradition at Virtual School Meandering, this will be the only entry today.

Online learning has been on the rise for the past several years, and with good reason: it’s easy to accommodate hectic schedules and perfect for an informal and relaxed approach to learning. In a recent study done by the U.S. Department of Education it was found that students did moderately better in online courses as compared to traditional classroom courses. And while it has infiltrated the learning system and been widely accepted by college and post-college level students, it has been met with some hesitation for students falling into the kindergarten-senior level range. Before deciding if online learning is right for your children, it’s important to look at both the pros and the cons to it and then assess if your child would benefit from it or if it would hinder the learning process.


1.     Access Anywhere

Online learning for children makes it easy for kids to continue and keep up with their studies no matter what, as long as you have an internet connection and a computer.

2.     Cheaper

It is undeniably cheaper to take online classes than it is to send your children to an actual school because you don’t have to fund all the ancillary things that come with an actual school – such as school lunches, classrooms, room furniture, etc.

3.     Less Discrimination

Because you never see anyone face-to-face there is a lesser chance for kids to suffer from the discrimination. The value is placed on the work that is submitted.

4.     Teaches Students Technology

As we shift into an increasingly technological world, having a focus on online learning helps kids learn to navigate technology at a younger age, better preparing them for using technology throughout their lives.


1.     Still Evolving

Because online learning is still growing and maturing it’s hard to determine if it’s really as effective as people who are pro-online learning believe it is, or if it’s just an easy way to get in credits and classes.

2.     No Face-to-Face Interaction

Children are suffering from an increasing lack of interaction with other kids due to spending more time on the computer of playing video games. Attending school is the only way some kids meet other kids, and when you take away attending a school and replace it with online learning you take away the stimulation that comes from meeting peers in person regularly.

3.     Incomplete Learning Experience

It’s easier to feign understanding when you aren’t worried about being called on in class or having to take pop quizzes, and that could lead to a lesser level of learning for students.

There’s no doubt that online learning is only going to grow and expand in the upcoming years. And with that growth it will also find ways to maximize the benefits of online learning and lessen the obstacles. However as to whether it will ever fully replace traditional learning experiences and if it’s the best route for our children has yet to be fully answered.

This guest post is contributed by Melanie Slaugh, a freelance writer. Melanie welcomes your comments below or at slaugh.slaugh907 @


  1. Please note, as we have discussed in the past. Only five of the studies contained in the US DOE report were focused on the K-12 environment. The authors concluded that little could be conclusively said about online and blended learning at the K-12 level – due to this lack of coverage – and cautioned readers about drawing any conclusions for K-12 online and blended learning. So the statement above that leads you to believe that the report indicated students did, do or will do better in an online environment is, in fact, incorrect.

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