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"I go to this school as an 8th grader and I on my behalf think the school
is very enthusiastic and is a great environment for kids in middle school.
"I really enjoyed reading all the information GreatSchools provided for me.
I'm really considering online schooling for my 9 year old son. Thank You
"All sounds great but I can't help feeling kids would be missing out on an
important social aspect of brick and mortar schools. "
"I find those who dislike online schooling as an option to traditional
brick and mortar schools an interesting group. Consistently, one of the
loudest arguments I have heard is regarding 'socialization.' Yet, how
much actual time does a child actually spend in a healthy socializing
atmosphere in a typical school? If it is a typical large elementary
school, for example, they are usually relegated to only having
lunch/recess with others in their grade. In the real world, one will
always have to interact with a wide variety of 'peers.' There will be
thsoe from a different background, ethnicity, age, etc. Those who choose
to educate their children via online learning are doing so for a wide
variety of reasons. We started out in a typical high-ranking public
elementary. While standardized test scores may have been high, many other
factors made this a poor choice for our children, most notably the large
number of tenured teachers they had. They had become quite lazy in the!
ir jobs since they no longer had to worry about having their contract
renewed at the end of the year.
We then opted to enroll them in a public charter school. While we thought
they were learning so much more than they had previously, we found when we
pulled them out last year that in fact, there were MANY areas where they
had received little to no instruction. Charters aren't as closely
scrutinized as public districts, as least not in our state, which opens
the door for problems, IMO.
This past school year we opted for an online program that is actually
through our local district. They are getting an education basedo n state
and federal standards, without all the garbage that goes on in the
classroom behind the teachers' and helpers' backs. All three of our
children have thrived this past year and now that they aren't having to
complete 2-3 hours of homework a night (a standard at the charter school),
they have the ability to be involved again in sports and other interests
(such as art classes for our 2nd grader), where they have plenty of
interaction with their peers.
The lifestyle it allows our family can't be beat, either. We set our
schedules to suit OUR needs. We can take days off when we want to go on
field trips and the opportunities for 'learning' away from the home
classroom are virtually endless! All three of our children regularly
assist with recipes (a terrific way to incorporate math and other
cognitive skills), have plenty of time each day to just be kids and play
outside, ride bikes, etc.
While I respect the rights of others to choose what is best for their
family, I would appreciate it if more people would return that kindness
and not speak badly about a topic they know nothing about.
Finally, I'd like to add an endnote to one of the last parent/teacher
conferences we attended in public school: Our oldest son, who was at the
top of his class and was bored on a daily basis, was becoming too chatty
after finishing his work each day. His teacher's comments to us? 'Your
son is spending too much time socializing, he needs to stop.' Gee,
socializing is an issue in school? Takes the wind right out of the sails
of THAT argument, doesn't it?"
"I disagree with the third post. My child was in a public magnet school
where she dealt with parental bullying as well as kids who bully. The
school was at a lost on how to handle the situation. So I didn't feel it
was safe for her to go back. Since being in K12 she has made new friends
in the school who she spends quality time with, she has more time to do
afternoon activites (no hours of homework) and been able to volunteer at
the local children's museum. Things that have made a more well rounded
pre-teen. As far as jobs for teachers, K12 employees teachers that can
work from home. We have teachers in all subjects as well as a homeroom
teacher who we can contact through out the week when needed. Today my
daughter attended a face-to-face class on writing with four of her
teachers and her 'cyber' classmates. We go on many field trips during the
year with the school. Last week, my daughter worked a week ahead so we
could go to Disney for a week while all the 'regular' schools !
were in session. I can only find pros to virtual schooling. Compared to
the rotten local schools with kids who could care less about being there
and teachers who have to spend all the time dealing with them instead of
teaching, virtual schooling is the way to go. "
"Here are some great resources to help parents looking at online schools.
It's from iNACOL.org and it's called 'A Parent's Guide to Choosing the
Right Online Program'
and this is a great blog for parents too - Virtual Learning Connections
"My 4th grader is about to finish his second year in an online school and
we love it. He was in an overcrowded classroom and because he is
introverted, the teacher let him sit and rot. What kind of social
atmosphere is that? In our online school we have great meetups and I
think he gathers more social skills than a 20 minute lunch and 25 minute
recess time could ever give. Next year my current kindergartener will be
in the same online school and will benefit from a better curriculm and
"I don't doubt they increased enrollment 27% in one year. One reason to be
wary with K12: they won't stop calling if you email them for more
information. After the fourth or fifth call we had to threaten them with
legal action to get them to stop calling.
We wanted information; we received it. They lost any integrity they had
when it became a telemarketing nightmare for our family."
"Up until now, I have fully agreed with every GreatSchools Weekly that I
have recieved. However, I do not agree that allowing your children to
escape social development is necessarily healthy. There are ways to go
about teaching your child to handle bullies, make friends, and learn from
the strengths and shortcomings of their peers.
Also, it seems that pulling more children from school will, in turn,
create less jobs for teachers, who are already battling nationwide budget
There are many alternatives to public schools. There are now art schools,
who focus on students more stimulated by creative thought. They also offer
charter schools and private schools. I think it is best for parents to
look in to all the options for their kids and keep in mind the importance
of exposure to social diversity."