A new school is coming to a home near you, and it’s bringing a computer to every student who enrolls.
Arizona Virtual Academy, the only Tucson-based cyber school in the state, uses the K12 curriculum that was formulated by former U.S. Education Secretary William Bennett to re-create, as closely as possible, a traditional classroom environment inside the home.
Ann: Finally! This news article states clearly what Bill Bennett and his cyber school K12, Inc. are all about. Let me state it again, just in case you missed it the first time:
Arizona Virtual Academy… uses the K12 [Inc.] curriculum … to re-create, as closely as
possible, a traditional classroom environment inside the home.
Ann: And while some portray "public school in the home" as homeschooling, in fact, many parents choose homeschooling to avoid a traditional classroom environment. Others in Arizona agree.
The topic has been rather divisive in the home-schooling community, said Debbie Gubernick, a home-schooler.
"[Calling cyberschooling "homeschooling"] misleads people into thinking that they are home- schooling when in fact they’re not," she said. In the usual home-schooling, "parents are solely responsible for making the educational decisions that affect their children."
Ann: Just so, Debbie. And those decisions often mean getting as far from the traditional classroom environment as possible. While it is good to have many choices of ways to educate our children, it is equally good to have precise descriptions as to what those choices are. Muddying up the definition of homeschooling does no one any good, at least in the long run, with the possible exception of lining the pockets of curriculum providers who take advantage of the confusion they create for parents.