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Saturday, August 13, 2005

How would this work?

I came across this about a week ago, as Joanne Jacobs alerted me with Gym online (see also Darren's Teaching and Developing Online). Originally a New York Times article (or here), both items describe an online course physical education offered through a virtual high school in Minneapolis. Apparently the requirements go like this:
The course allows students to meet requirements by exercising how they want, when they want. They are required to work out hard for 30 minutes four times a week and report to their teachers by e-mail. Parents must certify that the students did the workouts.
Is it just me or is this where things start to get a little ridiculous when it comes to virtual schooling? I mean basically we are given out credits for having parents say that their kids exercised four time a week for 30 minutes each time. I'd hate to be in a situation where a student used these physical education credits as the last few credits they needed to graduate and have someone challenge the accurateness of the parents' reporting, I mean, how would you substantiate it?!?

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