The following article is about the advantages of virtual schooling. As with other articles about virtual schools, the writer describes how the virtual school serves a variety of kids, not just those who are homeschooled. So why aren’t kids who were not homeschooled asked how the virtual schooling is superior to what they did before?
Strong delves into online learning, 8 November 2007, Chippewa Herald, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Strong was home schooled from kindergarten to eighth grade, but began attending iQ last fall.
“We wanted to try something new for my high school years,” she said.
Melyssa belongs to the science club and yearbook, something she gets to take part in that she didn’t as a home school student.
She also gets to take different classes, like Latin, which her mom wouldn’t have been able to teach.
Many of iQ Academies’ students come from home schooling backgrounds or are involved in elite sports where flexible hours are necessary.
“We believed that there were a lot of students in the state of Wisconsin who weren’t being well-served by the traditional school system,” Diener said. “I just think that it’s really wonderful that we can offer families choices.”
Without getting too much into whether or not her mom could help Melyssa learn Latin (Artes Latinae, LivelyLatin.com, Princeton’s Classical Language Instruction Project, Winnie Ille Pu, Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis, Cattus Petasatus, Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit, and others), where are those other families being offered choices?
We know that the majority opinion is that ordinary parents cannot keep up with the educational big boys, hence the focus on former homeschoolers’ use of the virtual schools. But why are reporters depriving the other families of their 15-minutes of fame? Let’s hear how the virtual schools are superior to these families other choices — private and public schools.
posted by Valerie