Lately, I’ve been hearing quite a bit about On-Line Courses, basically in all grades. As states have cut-back funding on Public Education, they have been encouraging school districts to implement such courses into their Curriculums. In some cases, this process is outsourced to a For-Profit Corporation. The articles mention one by the title of K12; but, I am sure that there are many more. Local Governments lose controls when services are outsourced.
I do not have any children in school; so, this does not have a direct impact on Me–or My Family (at least, not yet). But, on a personal note, I just don’t think that one of our most important programs should be outsourced in order to offset Budget Cuts. It looks like the School Districts, in South Florida, do not have adequate safeguards and methods to police the effort either. Perhaps, your local school system does not, either.
In some areas of Florida, and perhaps other states, that have a high proportion of Senior Citizens, Youth Activities are de-emphasized. That should not, however, be the case. Property values rise in vibrant, growing communities. Also, strong educational systems attract business–think jobs.
Linked articles are: Few school districts check for K12 problems, http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/16/v-print/3005120/few-school-districts-check-for.html, and In K12 Courses, 275 Students to a Single Teacher, by Trevor Aaronson and John O’Connor, http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/16/v-print/3005120/few-school-districts-check-for.html#storylink=cpy. Both are from today’s The Miami Herald.
The articles address the fact that, at least in some cases, the On-Line Teachers might not have been properly certified in the Subject Content. Also, class size, for outsourced programs, is generally much larger than for classroom courses and, in Florida, roughly twice the size of the similar State-Operated On-line Programs.