I have to admit something. When I first started working at K12, my thoughts around the who, what and how of schooling at home – either offline or online – were defined mainly by the media: television shows, newspaper articles, and long-held-stereo-types. It’s fair to say that I had some serious preconceived notions and lots of questions about this whole “online education” thing. You may have had the same questions -- about socialization, community opportunities and about the quality of education.
Here I am, five years later, to tell you- I have been schooled--schooled in how online education can offer help and hope to kids and their families. I have seen parents, who, when given the opportunity to actively participate in the education of their children, can make all the difference. I have seen online education work for so many kids and families out there.
Over the past few weeks, I have come across some very inaccurate reporting by some major news organizations about online education. Although the inaccuracies in their reports should be called out, they highlight an even bigger issue to me, as a parent. The focus needs to be put back on what's in the best interest of our children - not some hunt for a bad guy.
Last year, during my seven year old son’s first grade conference, his teacher shared some concerns with me. She said “Because of class sizes and budget cuts, public school students are required to fit within a box. Any child that falls outside of that box has a harder time succeeding.”