In the August 2013 issue of Scientific American, there is a special report that is of interest to teachers and families of students in mid Michigan. (“Learning in the Digital Age,” pages 50-73.)
The American K12 school system is in a state of crisis. When compared to other industrialized nations our children average lower in language skills, mathematics, and science in a world market that has become dependent on those skills. Cash-strapped schools are unable to hire enough qualified instructors to provide traditional public education.
In a few schools, students watch lectures online and use class time to work on assignments, interact with other students and teachers, and work at their own pace.