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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cyber School--Will School Buildings Become Extinct?

Cyber School - Commonwealth Connections Academy
WSEE-TV

Rebecca, Rachel, and Sara Warnshuis attend school just like every other child their age, but instead of jumping on the school bus each morning they walk downstairs to their own classroom filled with desks. More....

joshhatcher said...

My kids go to school at Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School the same way. It's really amazing, and they are learning very well.

Anonymous said...

I have seen and been in contact with home schooled children and believe in this day and age if I had children this is the route I would go. My grandson is being home schooled and is doing great, even participating in sports outside of his school.

Anonymous said...

To each their own and while a virtual or home school environment may be right for some, I also see value in children attending school for the social aspects and interactions as well. Personally, I dont see how you learn the life lessons you need relating to decision making, conflict resolution, or the overall development of "people skills" when your classroom is limited to only siblings and/or virtual classmates and instructors. Not saying it can't be done, just more difficult it would seem.

Anonymous said...

The lack of social peer group is a common misconception amoung non- home schoolers. There are many groups, activities, outings and situations where they gain these skills with other home schoolers. Personally, most home schooled & virtual schooled children I have met are much more mature and ready to enter adulthood than public schooled children..

Anonymous said...

I would much rather have my kids learn "life lessons, decision making, conflict resolution, etc..." from me or other adults who share my beliefs than other kids & teachers who don't. I have also found that most home-schooled kids are much more mature and advanced in their education than their public school peers.

Anonymous said...

To the person who sees value in children attending public school for the social aspects.....did you ever have a child in public school who was an outcast? Who didn't fit in, was picked on and ignored by their peers? I do have one. The suffering is horrible. If you don't play sports, wear the right clothes, have a name, etc....then you're nothing. And that's exactly how you are treated. So going to school every day is a huge mental effort, and the damage and effects are far-reaching. Then there's the fact that the "popular" kids are the ones doing all the drinking & drugs, but it gets overlooked by the community. I can see why many parents choose to cyber-school. I'm strongly considering it.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that a cyber school environment should be used to shelter children from the harsh realities of life that they are going to encounter at some point or another. Let’s face it, they need to learn to deal with the good and the bad. It can help them become better people.

I think that social interaction is necessary because children need to learn how to meet new people, share, bond, experience conflict, etc.

I attended college online so I could stay working full time and must say that I found it to be more difficult than a "brick and mortar" style campus. You can't show up to class hung over and sit there in order to get credit for participation. You have to actually do your homework and contribute to the class or you fail.

If school were that way for me as a child, perhaps I would have worked harder than I did. I see nothing wrong with this type of learning as long as kids get to participate in other activities and are able to interact with other children regularly.

7 comments :

joshhatcher said...

My kids go to school at Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School the same way. It's really amazing, and they are learning very well.

Anonymous said...

I have seen and been in contact with home schooled children and believe in this day and age if I had children this is the route I would go. My grandson is being home schooled and is doing great, even participating in sports outside of his school.

Anonymous said...

To each their own and while a virtual or home school environment may be right for some, I also see value in children attending school for the social aspects and interactions as well. Personally, I dont see how you learn the life lessons you need relating to decision making, conflict resolution, or the overall development of "people skills" when your classroom is limited to only siblings and/or virtual classmates and instructors. Not saying it can't be done, just more difficult it would seem.

Anonymous said...

The lack of social peer group is a common misconception amoung non- home schoolers. There are many groups, activities, outings and situations where they gain these skills with other home schoolers. Personally, most home schooled & virtual schooled children I have met are much more mature and ready to enter adulthood than public schooled children..

Anonymous said...

I would much rather have my kids learn "life lessons, decision making, conflict resolution, etc..." from me or other adults who share my beliefs than other kids & teachers who don't. I have also found that most home-schooled kids are much more mature and advanced in their education than their public school peers.

Anonymous said...

To the person who sees value in children attending public school for the social aspects.....did you ever have a child in public school who was an outcast? Who didn't fit in, was picked on and ignored by their peers? I do have one. The suffering is horrible. If you don't play sports, wear the right clothes, have a name, etc....then you're nothing. And that's exactly how you are treated. So going to school every day is a huge mental effort, and the damage and effects are far-reaching. Then there's the fact that the "popular" kids are the ones doing all the drinking & drugs, but it gets overlooked by the community. I can see why many parents choose to cyber-school. I'm strongly considering it.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that a cyber school environment should be used to shelter children from the harsh realities of life that they are going to encounter at some point or another. Let’s face it, they need to learn to deal with the good and the bad. It can help them become better people.

I think that social interaction is necessary because children need to learn how to meet new people, share, bond, experience conflict, etc.

I attended college online so I could stay working full time and must say that I found it to be more difficult than a "brick and mortar" style campus. You can't show up to class hung over and sit there in order to get credit for participation. You have to actually do your homework and contribute to the class or you fail.

If school were that way for me as a child, perhaps I would have worked harder than I did. I see nothing wrong with this type of learning as long as kids get to participate in other activities and are able to interact with other children regularly.