Inquirer: Virtual shout-out for cyber schools
May 05, 2013
To be honest, the prospect of Internet-based education was not intuitive to me at first, either. And if fate had given me different kids, or no kids, or enough cash to send my kids to private school when the going got tough, I’d probably be part of the shrill chorus decrying the use of public funds for cyber school.
As it turns out, I spent four years, from 2008 through 2012, observing a cyber high school in action. I watched my kids interact with their teachers. I kept an eye on their progress; I looked over the comments that teachers wrote on their papers. I leafed through their textbooks – the very same editions they’d used before they transferred from their public magnet high schools. My daughters’ cyber teachers weren’t robots. They were earnest, sincere, and, for the most part, personable. They knew my kids by name, and they knew them pretty well.