And about bloody time!
Short story: a few schools are offering the option of taking classes online, even if you’re still a kid– I know that the billboards for adults to get their GED, for free, online have been around for at least five years. The response to having slightly more control over your kids’ education breaks down along obvious lines; the folks who perform this think it’s great, the folks who don’t like normal schools think it’s great, the normal school advocates think it’s horrible– but what about socialization!!?!?!– and in the end, it depends on the kids and parents. I love how the stat about the average on standardized tests being lower is thrown out there without any mention of the source/method used to get it– as I mentioned, I know that in my state, this was aimed at dropouts. Who, by definition, aren’t generally included in the tests of normal schools– even though they are a product. Betcha they’re included, as well as the target program I heard of a year or two back that’s for ‘deeply troubled’ kids.
Naturally, online classes don’t teach themselves, and kids aren’t naturally personally motivated. This would take adult interaction to work– I hope it’s around when my girls are old enough, I’d love to be able to blend the advantages of home schooling with the resources of a curriculum, plus the built in advantage that if they’re “enrolled” in a local school, they can sign up for school groups or sports much more easily, plus the advantage of the library…. *daydreams*
Allison Brown, a Georgia mother of three, says that she intended to enroll her son in the local public school for kindergarten last year until she met with an administrator there to discuss how the school might accommodate his advanced reading skills. She says the teacher told her that her son would be challenged—by helping other kids to learn their letters. So she enrolled her son in an online school where he could advance rapidly into higher grade levels.
I remember THAT sort of thing!
Great socialization! Taught me that “help” generally means “do the work for them, get insulted for it while you’re doing it, and attract disdain because you “think you’re smarter than everyone.”