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Subject: Public School Online?
Date Posted: 10/4/2007 2:48 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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Has anyone seen this? It's an interesting idea. They provide everything right down to a computer. It's not available here (OK)yet. Of course I doubt I'd do it. The school system here is terrible, & I love that they don't have a say with my son anymore. http://www.connectionsacademy.com/default.asp
Date Posted: 10/4/2007 3:54 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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I don't use a  virtual public school, but the curriculum I've used for five years, K12,  (as an independent HS'er) is one of the suppliers of many of them.  When I lived in KS, I helped two of the schools get started (doing open houses, parent trainings, etc).

They can be a great bridge between public schools in a B&M setting to homeschooling.  The cost is great, too!  LOL!  Many people don't need, or want, the oversight of a school, or the other requirements that come with it - testing, portfolio review, etc.  In K-8, the parent is the primary teacher and in high school there are generally teachers for the courses.

I know several K12 users in OK!

JCC

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 7:13 PM ET
Member Since: 6/10/2007
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Another downside is that there is no parental involvement in curriculum development. One example: Your child is learning about dinosaurs. You believe in creation. The public school teaches evolution. Your child is going to learn, and be tested, on evolution.

It's not for my family. I am against the whole "school at home" philosophy. I do still submit to portfolio evaluation, immunization records, and standardized testing (as per law), but I don't like school at home.