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Is Virtual Schooling the Way to Go?

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In the Orlando-based Florida Virtual School, “students get their lessons online and communicate with their teachers and each other through chat rooms, e-mail, telephone and instant messaging.” The girl pictured above was getting D’s and F’s in a regular school. She claimed that she was not getting the attention she needed. After making the move to a virtual school, she’s getting that individual attention and is now earning A’s and B’s. Opponents argue that virtual schooling is detrimental to a child’s social development.

What do you think about this?

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September 13, 2007 - Posted by | News, Philosophy, Science and Technology

3 Comments

  1. Sounds like apples and oranges comparisons to me since their example takes a girl out of a public school and drops her into a private one. Yeah, it’s a virtual school, but maybe she would have done better in a quality private school as well. In any case, I think that at least some socialization is a good idea lest we raise a generation of online introverts.

    Comment by morgan | September 14, 2007

  2. I’d almost argue that we already have a generation of online introverts. 🙂

    Comment by Mike | September 14, 2007

  3. It’s interesting that we assume virtual school equates to no socialization. Proper socialization requires time and effort, just like academics achievement must be purposefully pursued. Think of your “socialization” now that most of us work full time. What percentage of your social life involves exclusively the people you work with? If parents take their child’s development serious enough to be involved in the selection of the school program they will probably also be involved in getting their kids out with other kids. (Yes, not everyone will. Some people are just bad parents)

    Comment by Dave | September 14, 2007


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