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Yet another example of industry (technology industry in this case) re-inventing the wheel and selling it back to the sheep (I mean people) as something new. I think of kids doing 'vitual' school and it makes me think of Abe Lincoln sitting in his log cabin reading a book. It is very, very similar just know the book is a computer. Also, one can recognize if the system went this way using public funding (likely it will because most people think technology is 'cool' and the answer to most things) then we all get to pay for home schooled kids. Of course, the up side is that we could save a lot on energy cost by eliminating the need for school buildings.
My son was home-schooled through the Lawrence Virtual School from kindergarten through to second grade, with some third grade subjects taken as well. He now attends a 'regular' school, because we moved to a good school district and determined it would be better for our situation. (We double-checked the school district first before buying our house).
At the "real" school, he is ahead of every single child in his class and is respected by all of the teachers who constantly praise his thoughtfulness and optimistic approach to learning. Homeschooling (it was more like public school, but at home) was very, very good for him. By attending the public school system, but studying at home, he was constantly under our care and guidance, so he was able to learn, learn, learn, in a trusting environment.
LVS is very good, they let you teach your child and simply monitor your progress. You use the K-12 online system, and materials shipped to you. They keep in touch and check on you, but they don't hover over your every move. Virtual school simply means that your child can actually study without the negative influences of drugs, violent or improperly raised kids, incompetent teachers, or sub-standard facilities.
Don't listen to the naysayers who scream about "socialization" either. As long as your child has friends or interacts with other children through outside activities or even just by playing in your neighborhood, there's your socialization.
I'd recommend virtual school to anyone!
However, you have to be prepared to give it 100%.
Wait a minute Stew. Homeschoolers own property and pay school taxes. In the past they had to pay thousands to homeschool their kids and pay taxes for schools they will never use. I think it is time they got a fair deal.
A virtual school basically removes a student from the participation based learning a student should get in schools. Music, Drama, Art, Sports, Clubs, Student Leadership, etc. are all lost. The Virtual school will essentially kill most of the critical thinking that student should be learning. For one, most form of testing that can be performed online are poorly created, and really just teach children to take a test.
JazzEgle- homeschooled kids do that and more, do you know any homeschoolers? Many take classes at the Lawrence Arts Center and other places, which the parents pay for out of their own pocket. Also virtual students can take some of their classes in the traditional classroom if they wish. I know students who attend school all day and then take additional classes with the virtual school to get ahead. Sure there are a few bad homeschoolers out there but you can turn them in if that is the case. Chances are their kids would do just as bad in the classroom. As for critical thinking, oh please. Most are better at that than most highschool and college students. They are more motivated and self diciplined. They have to be. Talk to homeschoolers, attend their meetings and then judge.
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