The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School
The Virtual High School
Have you heard of the concept "virtual high school"? You’ve heard of online courses and even going to college online right? Well, it’s the same idea except lower the grade level to 9-12 and you have what could be the landmark of our future educational system. It has been predicted that in the next 20 years the traditional high school concept of arriving at school during the morning hours, checking into a homeroom and progressing through your day by physically moving from class to class by a series of bell schedules will be obsolete.

What is going to replace this seemingly normal and conventional means of attending school? The computer. High schools will become more and more Internet-based, offering classes online and expecting students to "attend" these courses from the comforts of their own home. There is also the idea of completing these online courses at the high school in computer labs, but the idea is there will be fewer students and structure in the school itself and more "virtual learning" taking place outside the school and online.

What does this mean for parents’ comfort level of having their child home during the day while they are at work, the actual space of these schools not being needed? These are all significant and valid unknowns that have not seemed to be defined or explained within the information provided thus far on this technology-based concept. The idea is still in the developmental stages in many states although there are some schools that have implemented this concept quite successfully. It’s difficult to imagine that the presence of a high school could soon become a empty building with an empty parking lot and homes throughout the community could be filled with students glued to a computer screen, listening to lectures and taking exams. The classes in which would still take place would be Physical Education, some special needs classrooms, Art (?), Music, and who knows what else would fit the criteria of going to school.

Art class might evolve into graphic design only and sculpture and painting will be activities of the past. It’s also difficult to imagine what will happen to these buildings, all the extra space and staff if they are not seamlessly transferred to some online teaching. Naturally everything comes down to money which is what seems to be the driving force behind this idea too but without knowing the full scope of how all these details will be worked out, there seems to be lots of gaping holes that would waste a lot of money.
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/08/

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