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Saturday, September 20, 2014

For Some Students, Customized Online Learning Is Best

Kevin Nicolls, Director of Coronado Pathways Charter School writes, "It’s 2014. If you don’t like the crowds at movie theaters, you can stream high-definition blockbusters on your plasma TV at home. Don’t like the dating game?"

Photo: Times of San Diego

No problem: screen potential suitors using any number of personal and online matchmaking services. Suppose you have dietary restrictions — simply visit your local bookstore for shelves full of plans that accommodate a myriad of fitness goals, food allergies, and nutrition needs.

In this day and age, nearly every aspect of life is customizable. We recognize that society is made up of unique individuals, all of whom have unique needs, goals, abilities and desires. 
And so we have… options.

In recent years, we have come to see the benefit of customizable education as well. More and more colleges and universities offer online or accelerated programs, and there is no end to the availability of online continuing education and professional development courses for adults. The proliferation of technology in the last decade has made it possible to achieve our learning goals when a traditional classroom setting just won’t do.

How do you know if your child is better suited to an online learning environment than the classroom of your district high school? As you can imagine, this is a highly personal decision that must be made on a case-by-case basis, but by examining the benefits of online high school, you can make an informed decision about your child’s education.

Source: Times of San Diego