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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Three Maryland Counties Researching Virtual Schools

As I'm from Maryland, this is exciting news for me! I have a lot of friends who are homeschooling in Maryland, and the fact that the state is finally seeing the benefit of online ed is, well, about time.

In an article today in the Capital Gazette, a student from Northeast Senior High in Pasadena scored as high as possible on the A.P. computer science exam. David McCauley, a senior, took the class online, through Maryland Virtual School. According to the article by Caitlin Johnston, about 600 students across the state took classes online. Hopefully, the success of students like McCauley will convince the state that students do well taking cyber classes, often even better than they do in a traditional brick and mortar school setting. Currently, publicly schooled students can supplement their education with online classes, but with new legislation, that will probably change as at least three school systems are investigating the online option.

According to the report, Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011, the number of students who are now taking at least one class online has surpassed 6 million. Do your kids like being online? Why not give them the opportunity to learn in a manner that excites them? Students can learn at their own pace, and oftentimes that is much faster then the school system allows. In addition, they are preparing for the future. Whether we want to believe it or not, teachers do have to "teach to the middle." In addition to having many students with different learning abilities in their classrooms, they also have to deal with bullying, disrespect, and a host of other issues. I think they all deserve a raise.

Maryland has been taking their time diving in to a virtual program as they want to keep their standards high, which is commendable. There are many different programs available, and they are not all the same. My hope is that they do find a program that works well for their students who would like to pursue a virtual education.

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