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Online Education Busts Public Schooling
Critical innovation in education.
Progress is inevitable and sometimes it is difficult to reflect on its future impacts. Though, notwithstanding all its ulterior dangers and unexpected consequences progress and technological advances are moving onward, affecting all spheres of our life.
Online education or so called virtual schooling is a case in point. Now it is mainly impossible to predicate the future of this innovation, because the concept of online education is still emerging, related technology is constantly changing and there is no one single model of virtual school.
This alternative form of education became one of the most controversial and moot educational issues in the 21st century, which still raises heated debate and forms an apple of discord between scholars. Rapid and impetuous development of virtual schooling and its blended use of traditional content and technology has garnered much interest and raised many new questions.
Senator Steve Kelley, who has been working on this issue for several years, determines virtual schooling as a “critical innovation in education”, which still needs serious consideration and examination. He underlines that online education is a work in progress, which is exceptional by a wide range of educational opportunities it offers to learners.
Although, “the number of students attending virtual schools looks fairly small right now - with 40 accredited schools serving 85,500 students enrolled in the 2002-2003 school year - the numbers enrolled are expected to grow quickly to more than half a million students this academic year.”
The popularity of virtual education can be easily explained by the minimum requirements for students to participate in online course. Everything a “virtual student” needs is access to a computer, the Internet, motivation and courage to succeed in nontraditional form of education
How can you benefit from studying online?
There is an implicit assumption that virtual schools can do an equal or even better job than the conventional public schooling and in the course of time online education can replace public schooling. It is a challenging and exciting time in education, which will surely cause radical changes in traditional system of education.
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