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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Virtual Schooling "Not Just" for Homeschoolers

I'm sure that Annette is winding up to take a swing at me now, but I just had to post this entry that I found...

Online courses aren't just for home-schoolers anymore - Kate Moser, Christian Science Monitor
By Ray

Once considered the domain of home-schooled students, K-12 online learning is a fast-growing option for public school students in rural, urban, and suburban areas. Michigan lawmakers are likely to pass legislation soon that will require high school students to take one course online before they graduate. "What happened is Michigan beat everyone to the punch," says Susan Patrick, president and CEO of the North American Council for Online Learning, a nonprofit based in Alexandria, Va. Ms. Patrick says more states will follow Michigan's lead as they realize the importance of online literacy in the 21st century.

Afterthough: I came across this entry, Online courses aren't just for home-schoolers anymore, are Darren's Teaching and Developing Online after posting this entry - so I wanted to add it as it is along the same theme.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah. :) The reporter might be referring to private virtual schools rather than mis-stating that public school students enrolled in a public cyber charter school are homeschoolers.
Also, I do understand that regardless of the differing statutes of the choices to homeschool and public cyber school, lazy reporters will call them the same. They get the tomatoes. :)

9:41 PM  
Blogger MKB said...


I know that we have talked about this before, but here is a new question for you. Is there any movement, orgaization, lobby, or whatever that has as one of its missions an attempt to standardized the use of the term homeschooling?


7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good question.
Homeschool Legal Defense Association will not take as clients those families who have children enrolled in cyber charter schools, because the students are legally public school students.
Home Education Magazine has been offering clarity on the differences with homeschooling and public schooling for many years. I think they have made a good impact in this realm.
With the misuse of the homeschool terminology, it also happens with those who have their children enrolled in cyber charters and don't --at least early on, get the reasoning as to why someone like me would object to their error.
Here is an example of what happens when there is a close relationship with public funds and homeschooling:

Since lawmakers are determined to keep pushing school vouchers, then I
suggest they make it the law that all students in Florida, whether they are private, public or home-schooled, must take the FCAT. (end of snip)

This thought process I believe relates to the fact that those who are legally homeschooling in FL are able to enroll in some online classes at FL Virtual School.

11:48 PM  

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