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Is virtual school a social wasteland?



The Wall Street Journal carries a piece today that explores the issue of social isolation in the growing field of virtual schooling.

Students may outperform their peers academically, the experts say.

"The disadvantage is that you may not learn to work with other people quite as well," said Elizabeth Birr Moje, an expert on online education at the University of Michigan.

Many virtual schools, including Florida Virtual, have looked for ways to deal with this issue, the WSJ notes. They offer clubs and camps that meet both online and in person, for instance. Some even schedule school dances.

This year, all Florida school districts began offering virtual programs in kindergarten through high school. Just wondering: What are your local virtual schools doing to make sure students make social, as well as academic, connections?


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:36am]


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