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cyber school D&D OH Brother! 17 kids; Pennsylvania 2257 posts
18th Aug '11

What are your thoughts on it....not only for teenagers just in general. Would you let/encourage your children to do it? Are there certain circumstances in your mind where its ideal/not ideal?



I will share my thoughts on it later on just curious

user banned 2 kids; Saint Catharines, Ontario 151075 posts
18th Aug '11

This is an option now?



And if either of my children have the same sensory issues I have, in that case, yes probably. Otherwise no, traditional schooling has merit.



C.

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
18th Aug '11

Yes, if I felt that their needs weren't being met in school. I'd use it as more of a home-schooling guideline though, I wouldn't just let them have at it and hope for the best.

Cracked out June Cleaver 1 child; Springfield, Oregon 61877 posts
18th Aug '11

I would not let my daughter do it,I think going to an actual school is a better education. You get a lot more from school then just what the teach you in class

Jen♥+2 2 kids; Honolulu, HI, United States 13511 posts
18th Aug '11

I'm against it! I have a a friend that did it for her sophomore year and she now has to do her 10th grade year over again because she didn't understand anything even when she went in for help. It also provides you with no social interaction, I know school is for education purposes but it also helps build social abilities for the real world. Even if your children are in after school/extracurricular activities I still find it to not be as good as school.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46454 posts
18th Aug '11

I would homeschool before cyber schooling.



I also wouldn't recommend it college/university.

Gold 2 kids; Kakariko Village, Hyrule, HF, Togo 42441 posts
status 18th Aug '11

I think it depends on the child honestly. I think some would do well with it, while others would do better in school.

OH Brother! 17 kids; Pennsylvania 2257 posts
18th Aug '11

Thanks for your opinions ladies!
Personally, I did cyber school and it was the biggest mistake. I'm graduating late and had I stayed in regular school I wouldn't have. These are my reasons:
1. The assignments aren't monitored.
2. The child has the ability to look any and all answers up online as they go through the assignments, learning NOTHING!
3.the assignments are standard, they aren't fit to the child's needs
4. The communication is horrible.
I am talking about self paced courses here not sure how I feel on virtual classrooms.

yo gabby gabby 4 kids; Arizona 42570 posts
18th Aug '11

my kids need the socialization I think. Especially Ian he seems to flourish in a social setting

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
18th Aug '11

Nah. Not unless there was a real legitimate reason they couldn't go to actual school.




And even then...Eh. I'm not a big fan of the online school craze.

Annamarie1996 Pennsylvania 1 posts
1st Aug '13

Alright, I've heard a lot about how cyber schools are a waste of time and money. That statement is wrong. For some they wouldn't be the best option but for others it is. My mom fought me tooth and nail for wanting to switch to cyber school from public school. So I did a lot of research and put it together for her. She eventually gave in and we met with representatives for a couple different schools. We eventually decided on PA Cyber. Now let me tell you how this has changed my life. I work five days a week, do my schoolwork, my grades skyrocketed even though classes are harder, and my additude improved drastically. I'm now a senior in high school participating in dual enrollment with one of the best colleges in the state on a scholarship I got thanks to the staff at PA Cyber and my own hard work. The classes at my public school were bad and the teachers refused to help anyone who wasn't an athlete no matter how you tried to get help. If I have any issue now I can contact my teacher and they will help me with whatever it is. This school has done so much for me. Also to those of you who think kids in cyber school lose out on the social aspect, that is wrong as well. We have had so many field trips and such that there is no way unless you just don't go not to be social. We even had a prom that was a lot better than the public school prom I went to. Everyone was so much nicer and were themselves rather than trying to impress their friends which was a very refreshing change! Another point is everyone says it pulls all the funding for that student from the public school, wrong again. The cyber school gets approximately 40% of the funding for the student while the local school district still receives 60% for doing nothing. So I hope you now see that cyber school is a great option for some students.

Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
2nd Aug '13

I prefer in-class courses if I'm to take anything, because of the real-time and more genuine/candid discussions, ability to address topics right then and there, etc. But I can also see the benefit of online coursework for things you just need to get out of the way to fulfill requirements. I took all my math online for university, it worked out well because I had my DH to help me (and I needed a LOT of help to get through, I only even passed because I did all the homework with DH's help and the test only counted as 20-30% of my final grade).

*Mary Moon* 1 child; New York 3601 posts
2nd Aug '13

This is more discuss than debate as far as replies go but...



A friend of mine is considering Cyber schooling her 8 year old daughter. She had to be put in a 15:1 class for behavior issues and given an IEP but the behavior issues haven't improved. She thinks the cyber schooling will help the behavior issues because she thinks the conforms of school is causing the behavior issues. She also wants to see her daughter put back into mainstream classes but the school board feels that she isn't in a good place to be taken out of 15:1
My two issues with that..
1. The behavior is just as bad at home. I don't see how taking her out of public school will help. She was put in a 15:1 and taken out of a 25:1 to help address the behavior issues better. I think it needs time.
2. She doesn't have solid boundaries about moderation in TV and PC times. She will let them play for hours on end. I worry that taking her out of school will actually exacerbate her social awkwardness and her one track mind for technology.



Do you think that cyber schooling with good intentions can do more harm than good in this case? It's essentially none of my business and I don't pass judgement nor opinions on how she wants to educate her child but is anyone else on the same page as me?

FroggysMommy 1 child; Golden, Colorado 27480 posts
2nd Aug '13
Quoting *Mary Moon*:" This is more discuss than debate as far as replies go but... A friend of mine is considering Cyber schooling ... [snip!] ... and I don't pass judgement nor opinions on how she wants to educate her child but is anyone else on the same page as me?"


If she isn't addressing the issues at home and has no structure than cyber school is a horrible, horrible fucking option.



Cyber school CAN be good but it honestly can hurt a lot of kids because either they, or the parents, cant adequately do what is needed to actually learn in that mode of learning/teaching.

*Mary Moon* 1 child; New York 3601 posts
3rd Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting FroggysMommy:</b>" If she isn't addressing the issues at home and has no structure than cyber school is a horrible, horrible ... [snip!] ... because either they, or the parents, cant adequately do what is needed to actually learn in that mode of learning/teaching."</blockquote>



Ok, so I'm definitely not alone in my feelings there. She and her parenting choices just seem way too inconstant to do cyber schooling. Some days it's all she has got to get her to brush her hair, eat real food (she will graze) and play outside. She is such a hermit. That's my biggest issue. If she could play on the PC all day she would and wouldn't interact with anyone.