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  •  What I don't get about cyberschools (1+ / 0-)
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    is, who are they directed at?

    Middle class families looking to send their kids to college won't substitute one of these schools of their local real school.

    I'm baffled as to how poor kids whose often single parent works a couple of minimum wage jobs are going to use them. Who sits home with the 8-year-old while he's "attending" cyberschool and making sure he does his work? If mom is unemployed and home, she's even less likely to have the educational skills to help her kid if he runs into problems.

    The only role I can see for them is to enhance the work of homeschool parents. But that's a small group, and it doesn't seem like the people they're marketing these schools to are those hands-on parents. It seems like they're aiming for kids in neighborhoods with poor, underresourced schools. So who does start home with that 8-year-old all day to make sure he's not playing video games?

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:26:27 PM PDT

    •  I just saw one advertised yesterday... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... over on Qubo.  It was actually quite weird, because they acted like they were automatically accredited here in MA (heh not so much).  

      I know several people who homeschool in other states (due to either ADHD or some fundamentalists taking over a school district); some of the online programming they've already used.  But a lot of the work needs to be hands on -- science experiments CANNOT be done online.  

    •  I see four main markets (1+ / 0-)
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      homeschool parents, wanna-be homeschool parents, kids in intense sports training in non-school sports, and people who travel or who want to travel.

      But the online providers don't actually care. They just want bodies.

      Oh, and you get a free computer if you enroll your kid.

      I agree - the online charter schools are not appropriate for anyone who doesn't have a committed parent doing the watchdogging.

      We've been trying to find some good online curriculum that we can use to supplement our brick-and-mortar school offerings; as a small rural high school, we can't offer everything we'd like. I have been surprised at how thin the offerings are, especially for the gifted/self-starter kids that are an obvious fit for online courses.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:46:08 PM PDT

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