For years, education experts have debated the merits of self-directed, online learning versus traditional teacher-led classrooms. Proponents argue that programs like Summit provide children, especially those in underserved towns, access to high-quality curriculums and teachers. Skeptics worry about screen time and argue that students miss out on important interpersonal lessons.
—New York Times click to read the rest of this fascinating article that doesn’t just talk about how problematic online learning courses can be when it is the approach to instruction in schools, removing the basis for teacher-student and student-student structures for learning, it also shows how a community can come together to effect their schools’ educational approaches.
If you ever doubted that a Facebook-designed education should automatically set off flashing lights and blaring alarms, this article should convince you.
I also recommend the book Why They Can’t Write by John Warner, which we previously reviewed, where he digs even more into the way MOOCs and other online learning platforms have failed, adding even more evidence against curriculum that is designed by people who don’t know the kids being taught.