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Virtual schools

  1. Sep 29, 2006 #1

    J77

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/5382994.stm

    I don't see this being a good idea.

    Kids spend too much time in front of screens already plus the system is said to be an option for:

    * bullied children who need their confidence rebuilding
    * families living abroad who want an English education for their child
    * children with physical or personal health barriers
    * children who have been home-educated

    As far as the 1st and 3rd options go - imo, these kids should be in school, surrounded by other kids. School's not just about learning, it's about learning how to interact in different social situations; learning how to cope for later life.

    The 2nd point: send them to an international English school - again they need the interaction.

    The home-education is another thread.
     
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  3. Sep 29, 2006 #2
    I would have to agree with you. I do not see many, if any advantages to online schooling with teacher support. I see a lot of disadvantages to it as well.

    But, that being said, school by correspondance can be an excellent idea for some people. I was never bullied in school, not am I psychologically/physically disabled, but I am doing all of my course work at home, with noone pushing me except myself. I dropped out of high school and in the middle of a school semester, wanted to finish my high school, but had to do it via correspondance since I obviously could not enroll with a school mid semester. It has totally changed me.

    There is absolutely NOONE pushing me, except me. If I don't do my course work, noone gives a crap, it's my life. This is how the real world is. You won't have a teacher asking you to do your work, you will just get fired by your boss. Distance learning can teach you skills that you may never learn in high school. I find that a lot of friends I know still procrastinate after high school. I blame this on high school "due dates", assignments must be handed in at a certain date. With distance education, your teacher doesn't care, finish it whenever you want, if you want to graduate at 30, fine. lol. My marks are in the high 80's - 90's now and I am easily able to motivate myself.

    So yea, I agree that having a class room on the net is counterproductive, but it is a step in the right direction. I feel strongly the duty of motivation should be placed on the shoulders of the student, not the school system, as thats just not how the real world works!
     
  4. Sep 29, 2006 #3
    There's not much of motivation in teenagers :\
    I, as current high school student, would find such online school complete non-sense. As J77 correctly noticed, school is also about learning how to live in society and communicate.
     
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