Virtual School Meanderings

August 15, 2013

Leadership Day 2013 – Pedagogy, Not Economics

leadershipday2013Well, it is that time of year again, when my CASTLE colleague Scott McLeod posts an entry on his blog Calling all bloggers! – Leadership Day 2013.  I’ve participated in this initiative for the past four years, and given that I will be moving into a position in a department of educational leadership, this year it seems even more appropriate that I participate.

K-12 online learning is growing.  There is no denying that corporate and neo-liberal interests continue to open up more and more markets for K-12 online learning providers.  As the political situation in the United States continues to move more to the right, towards the believe that free markets principles are the solution to every problem that ails the education system, this opening of K-12 online learning markets will continue to occur.

What is disappointing is to see those public school officials that have bought into the rhetoric espoused by these corporate and neo-liberal interests, and have come to believe that K-12 online learning can be the solution to the economic problems that they face.  Education is not cheap, nor should it be!  The same is true of K-12 online learning.  I’m not denying that there are circumstances where K-12 online learning will be more cost efficient than traditional face-to-face learning.  However, this should not be the reason to adopt K-12 online learning!

K-12 online learning should be considered for pedagogical reasons, and only pedagogical reasons!  There are students that aren’t being served by the current education system.  Unfortunately, far too often these same students are also not being served by K-12 online learning options.  This is often due to the fact that those providing the K-12 online learning are doing so for economic reasons (e.g., to save money or to make money).

Educational leaders should consider the population they wish to serve using K-12 online learning.  Then create a K-12 online learning program that is tailored to the needs of that population.  This does not mean that a K-12 online learning program that individualizes the content, pulled from a common database, based on what they don’t know.  It means that the K-12 online learning programs should be designed, delivered and supported differently for each group of students it attempts to serve!

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