Virtual School Meanderings

July 15, 2015

EDTECH537 – Discussion Entry: Are Virtual Schools Really An Answer?

As I mentioned in the EDTECH537 – Week 3 entry for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, I wanted to post a sample of a discussion entry.

For some time, I had this opinion piece saved as a draft entry in my queue to write about and haven’t gotten around to it until now.

Are virtual schools really an answer?

By Steve Perry, special to HLN
updated 3:28 PM EDT, Mon April 30, 2012

Editor’s note: Steve Perry is HLN’s education contributor and the founder and principal of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. He is also the author of “Man Up!: Nobody is Coming to Save Us,” which offers solutions to problems in the black community.

Online learning is the most important educational advance in our lifetime. We’ve come to see school as a place as opposed to a process. Online learning reminds us that learning is not determined by where, but by how kids are taught. Schooling is not place, it’s a process. Brick and mortar schools like mine are as cutting edge as rotary phones.

When we think of online learning, we should understand that it ranges from a Wikipedia search to formal courses. The battle line over online learning is in K-12. Here is where generations of educational rules are being ripped to shreds by parents, children, reformers and social entrepreneurs. They’ve all seen the limits of the 19th century schools our children are in today.

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Given everything that we know about the actual delivery of K-12 online learning – particularly full-time K-12 online learning or cyber schooling – it does beg the question in a legitimate fashion…

Are virtual schools really an answer?

3 Comments »

  1. I think the question about the question is: “are virtual schools really an answer for what?”

    Comment by raymond rose — July 15, 2015 @ 10:47 am | Reply

    • Ray, in the case of the author of this commentary – for everything that ails the delivery of education today. ;)

      Comment by Michael Barbour — July 15, 2015 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  2. […] Discussion Entry: Are Virtual Schools Really An Answer? […]

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