Make us your home page


Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Is virtual school legitimate?



Noting the proliferation of online schools in Pasco County, including applications for some virtual charters, Land O'Lakes High School teacher Robert Marsh raised the question of their value to the Pasco School Board this evening.

"I don't think there is learning taking place," Marsh told the board, sharing that some of his students have spoken of friends or family members doing the online work.

"We are losing the idea of Socratic dialogue," he said. "I think you really need to look at the integrity of this and challenge it."

Virtual school operators talk about their efforts to make sure students are really doing their own work. But can they really know that? And then there's that larger issue of conversation, questioning and debate that Marsh raises. Can that happen when students and teachers do their own thing on their own time frame?

It's an intriguing set of questions. What do you think (we ask online)? 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 6:41pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours