Opinion: Are virtual academies better than traditional public schools?

Are virtual or e-schools better than traditional brick and mortar public schools? In many ways the answer would be a resounding yes, says Tara Dodrill for Yahoo! News. More states are offering alternatives to the typical public education, according to PBS. Until recently learning from your kitchen table evoked stereotypical images of a home-school environment fueled by strictly religious beliefs. Modern parents are not intimidated by technology and most children by the age of 8 can type as quickly as an accomplished secretary. Virtual academies allow children to work at their own pace, an aspect which offers the above average student the chance to excel. Public school teachers must create lesson plans which can be readily accomplished by a classroom of diverse learners. Such a scenario inevitably hampers those who are forced to wait for their average and below-average peers to master the curriculum. High school students attending a public virtual academy also have far more opportunities to complete school early, earn dual credit, college credit and flexible credit. A student can participate in internships and workshops geared to a future career interest to earn elective credit or advanced credit in core subjects…

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