Future murky for virtual classrooms

Kalynn Greer, 16, can see success in her future now, thanks to an alternative education program that lets her learn online and outside of a classroom. But it’s unclear what that program will look like in the future, reports the Battle Creek Enquirer. Greer is one of about 30 Battle Creek Central High School students who learn not in a classroom but at one of three “virtual sites,” places where students take lessons and exams online with the help of teacher mentors. Greer said she couldn’t succeed in a traditional classroom. There were too many distractions in the cliques and rumor mills. At the virtual site, she said, she can work more independently, with fewer students, and can maintain focus…While Michigan now requires some virtual learning experience for all high schoolers and it’s part of Battle Creek schools’ push to graduate every child, questions remain about virtual learning’s effectiveness and how to manage online programs…

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