Online classes for all

Georgia students in small schools that don’t offer advanced classes — and home-schoolers and private school students — will be able to take classes online under a bill creating a Georgia Virtual School, reports Snooze Button Dreams.

The classes would be funded by state tax dollars based on the number of courses students were taking. A change introduced by Sen. Don Thomas, R-Dalton, would open up to six online courses a year to students not enrolled in public school.

“I want to be fair to every student,” Thomas said. “Their parents are paying a lot of taxes.”

The amendment was opposed by Democrats on the Republican-controlled committee and by representatives of teacher’s groups, who said the change would effectively take money away from school systems.

“This is one more step in weakening public schools,” said Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, a committee member who voted against the amendment. “Public school students should not have to wait in line.”

Snoozer agrees distance learning will weaken schools. He’s happy about that.

On Number 2 Pencil, home-schoolers worry that enrolling in public online classes will put their autonomy at risk.

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  1. I don’t really think that the addendum will weaken the schools. My exclamation toward Mr.Fort were more along the lines of a general statement of dislike/disagreement.

    Actually this bill could work toward strengthening Georgia schools. Home education is far less expensive for the state. Making it more attractive could help to alleviate the massive overcrowding in our schools. In my neighborhood a new school went up last year and it had butler buildings for overflow students before it opened.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I used to love Sunrise Semester, an early experiment in TV education. I would love to see more internet education – other than the p***s enlargement type.

  3. Anyone know of any really successful virtual schools? I don’t.

    Not that I don’t think it’s possible to do instruction via the Internet but I don’t think it’s possible to do it by trying to recreate a classroom on a web server.

    I think that we’re at the same stage in the development of virtual classes as the auto industry was at the turn of the last century: uncertain of the possibilities of the new technology, limited by our imaginations to aping the old technology.

  4. The home-schoolers have a good point. There are few ideas so good that the injection of government bureaucrats, however indirectly, can mess ’em up!

  5. As Blogger doesn’t do trackbacks, see my entry on “Who are virtual schools for?” at which references this post.