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Jamie Littlefield

ABC News Question of the Day: Are Online Schools a Good Idea?

By April 16, 2009

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According to a recent ABC News report, 120,000 primary and secondary students learn online. But, not everyone believes that online schools are a smart choice for kids. They explain:
"While supporters tout the convenience and low-cost of virtual learning against the traditional model, some educators have reservations if online education really works."
To date over 300 readers have posted their opinions about online public schools. Check out their responses and leave a comment of your own.

See Also: State-by-State List of Free Online Public Schools


April 20, 2009 at 11:51 am
(1) Zeugitai says:

Education is a business in the United States, and it is run by business administrators according to business principles in order to make a profit. Hospitals, government, corporations, banks–all of the institutions of the United States–are the same. From this point of understanding it becomes easy to agree that online education is a cost effective means of earning money for “schools.” In my experience in this system, I have found that the great majority of students and teachers involved in online education are skating through the process with a minimum of effort and involvement in order to get right to the degree, which is the product that students are buying as tickets to better jobs. Whatever the meaning of the word “education,” it isn’t relevant to this discussion.

April 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm
(2) Latyr says:

I think in this interplanetary village in which we are living, where the three Rs that are Reading, Writing and Arithmetics are being progressively replaced by the three Cs, known as Competing, Computing and Communicating, one cannot go without online teaching, be it for adults or for beginners.

April 22, 2009 at 1:51 am
(3) Elle Wood says:

One of the biggest difficulties that are faced by people who are seeking career development is that it is difficult to find the time to balance career development with their everyday career responsibilities. Luckily, many career-oriented people can now find time for career development using online education to further their career skills while working during the day. This makes the balance between your career and the development of further career skills much easier to strike up, because you can work when you need to, and go through career development courses through online education in your spare time. By making it possible to achieve career development using online education, career oriented people can now learn new career skills and further their career capabilities without causing their normal work to suffer. If you are serious about furthering your career, career development using online education is a wise path to take.

May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm
(4) Dorcelia Y says:

An online education can be a good alternative for someone that has difficulties in meeting the transportation time requirements of the normal brick and mortar educational experience. However, the lack of assistance when something goes wrong in the online experience can make a grave difference! As a former Kaplan student, I have found that once a student requires extra assistance in continuing their education they get pushed to the back burner and then booted out of school. The experience that one gets during the enrollment process is significantly different from that when a student needs help trying to remain a student!

November 22, 2010 at 9:34 am
(5) Online Law Student says:

As a current online law student, I have to admit that it has not been an easy journey. I am in the process of transferring from an online law school to a traditional brick and mortar institution. I agree with all the other comments with regard to the convenience and affordability of virtual learning. I would not have done it any other way. However, the reality of it is that practicing law with an online degree is virtually impossible unless I relocate to California, which is where most of the online law schools are, and the only state in the Union that allows its online graduates to sit for their bar exam. My online experience was invaluable and it only reinforced my commitment to my career development and desire to complete my education (I obtained my bachelor’s degree entirely online). You must want it pretty bad to jump through all the hoops!

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