The article began by showing how two children in the same family, Allison and Noah, are handling their on-line classes. These two had very different approaches and will have different outcomes.
Noah is not taking it seriously and falls into all the traps that an on-line class provides.
Allison, on the other hand, is doing well because of her self-discipline and obvious maturity.
The article definitely surprised me when it told of how many children are involved in on-line learning in high school and even younger. The numbers were definitely higher than I expected.
The article provokes thought about on-line classes when it states statistics about how those in on-line classes do on standardized tests. Also, when learning needs to take place with a group or conversation, will these students be prepared? Learning a new lesson for an on-line high school student is just a click away. Do we really want a "click and learn" system? I don't. I am definitely opposed to full time on-line learning in high school and below. I think there should be a happy medium for those that wish to have that opportunity.
I am taking an on-line class right now. I would say that I definitely miss the human interaction. On-line classes require more self-discipline than regular classes. Are high schoolers really ready for that? Some, maybe, but not everyone can do it.The jury is still out.
On-line classes are only as good as your effort. You can't and never will be able to do this alone.
I'm someone who believes in moderation of almost everything. I believe that for on-line classes and technology in schools. Nothing is good when it is overdone.
It was a great article and expanded my knowledge. Thank you.