A few years ago I attended a Chester-Upland School District presentation on their new cyber learning program. It made sense if the student was being homeschooled by a competent parent although I still couldn’t understand how a 1st grader would benefit.
Since then, cyber schools have popped up that are facilitated by adults who assist students in navigating their Internet teacher but results have proven to be no better than students who have real live teachers.
But what is a cyber school? Not having sat in a cyber classroom, I can only imagine that it’s a bunch of students sitting in front of a computer instead of a book. I’m not sure if there is live instruction or if all lectures are delivered by HP, Dell or Apple.
I can’t imagine how students with special needs are accommodated in cyber schools. That’s got to be a challenge.
Finally, with cyber charters sucking so much money from the school district (among other things), how does the district survive with a nearly $20 million budgeted deficit?
I don’t understand how it all works but I guess that’s why top school district administrators make the big bucks.
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