Online classes go mainstream

The Los Angeles Times reports that according to the North American Council for Online Learning, one million K-12 students are enrolled in virtual schooling across the United States.  Enrollment is counted as the total number of seats in all online classes, not the number of students.  Over the past seven years, enrollment has grown more than 20 times, and the group expects enrollment to keep increasing by 30 percent annually. Nearly half of the states offer online education, and last year Michigan pioneered a law that requires every student to take at least one course online.  However, despite the promise and popularity of virtual education, some are urging caution and arguing that the student-teacher model is irreplaceable.  Gerry Wheeler, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association says that: “In the classroom, I can see from a child’s eyes or body language” that he needs to slow down and go over the material again. Later this year, the United States Department of Education plans to release a study on online schooling…,1,6922873.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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