I’ve heard people complaining that the Ford government is willing to compromise on the elearning requirement for high school students by dropping it from four to two but that teachers won’t. My issue is not with the number of credits; it’s the whole premise and I’d say it’s a danger to the kids.
I see the harm in a SINGLE mandatory class. I have no issue with online courses, I do not like the way it’s being approached. I have experience with elearning (even did my college certificate online) but I’m a well educated adult who is motivated to get my credit. And I struggled with one course badly…. poor material, poor instruction and poor support – and a mandatory class.
I think that optional elearning would be a great addition to the current options. ( I would have loved it when I was in high school since the city schools offered courses that mine didn’t.) But there are too many variables at play in this situation and too much at risk. We don’t know how the material will be developed and approved. Will it be sourced out to American companies? Will it be up the high standards we have? Will it be developed by educators or by businesses? (Are they friends of the Ford family?)
We don’t know which homes have computers and internet in them. Will they be providing devices to the kids? Will they be setting up home internet?? If there are low income plans for internet (and there are based on your tax return) will the family admit they need it? What about communities without internet access? Then what about kids that have no interest in school? The ones who skip classes and fail now (who currently have a teacher in the classroom that has the ability to notice). The ones who get bored in class and drift off. Will the virtual class cal their name and bring them back to what’s going on? What about the parents who don’t get very directly involved in their kid’s education? Those that are working long hours? Dysfunctional? Recent immigrants? What about the kids in the locally developed classes (the old basic or tech students)? How will they find success in a virtual classroom? And what happens if someone just CAN’T learn in an elearning environment? We understand that children learn in different ways.
All over the simple premise that elearning is the future and will save tax payers money are we going to deny them their high school diploma and prevent their further education in life? Too much at risk for it to be mandatory.