Opinion: Technology Can't Replace Classroom Learning

Marion Herbert's picture
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If you have listened to the radio lately, you've probably heard advertisements touting the Florida Virtual School.

A pioneering effort when it was established in 1997 by Julie Young, it has become a national leader in delivering instruction via technology and currently serves students in all 67 counties in Florida. Nearly 260,000 students enrolled in its online courses in 2010-11, up from fewer than 11,000 in 2001-02.

By contrast, the state of Texas had a virtual enrollment of only 3,600 during the same period.

What accounts for Virtual School's success in Florida? And is it the right thing to do for Florida's future and for its children?

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