Virginia high schools go online

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tomorrow’s kindergarten students may live through a transition that means many of their high school classes will not include a teacher in the classroom. The technology used by today’s high school students, whether it’s in a student’s pocket or on a screen in front of them, bears little resemblance to what was available when they started their formal educations.

Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools, both in Charlottesville, Va. are ramping up investments in online courses, partly in response to a new state mandate requiring at least one online course for graduation, but also in the belief that it’s the best way to prepare students for upcoming challenges in work and college. It used to be called “distance learning,” and the distance it’s putting between schools of the last century and schools of the future appears to be a rapidly growing divide.

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