Military Avoiding Virtual School Graduates

Patrica Hawke

Virtual schools are benefiting a lot of students across the United States. Virtual schools are giving students so many opportunities’ they otherwise wouldn’t have in a traditional school. They give students the chance to be able to have a job while going to school, focus more on their school work rather than popularity or school bullies and it gives students a chance to learn while not being distracted from friends and other school mates like a traditional school would have. Virtual schools give students the opportunity to put their main focus on their school work, projects and tests rather than focusing their time and energy figuring out what to wear to school or who they will hang out with on their lunch the next day. Virtual schools take the superficiality out of the picture and provide the students with the tools they need to get their schoolwork done and learn. Since students are able to learn at their own pace while in a virtual school, students become more confident when taking tests based on the material they learned while enrolled in the virtual school because they learned in the way that Is best for them. They are able to not worry about time constraints like in a traditional classroom, didn’t have to worry if the bell was going to ring before they finished their classroom and don’t have to deal with friends, like in a traditional classroom, passing them notes in class or talking to them while they try and figure out how to solve math problems or read a textbook.

Another great reason why virtual schools are beneficial to students is because they are able to get a job and make their own money. This benefits the students because it teaches them responsibility and teaches them what they are to expect when they graduate high school. It teaches them the value of money and prepares the students for life in the workforce. By being able to work more weekday hours, more jobs are likely to hire the students and give them more stable work hours. With all of these benefits why des the United States Military consider these students of virtual schools to be “tier two” applicants? The military ranks potential recruits in two categories, tier one being recruits that graduated from a traditional school and tier two being students that graduated from alternative schools such as virtual schools, alternative schools and students who passed the GED. The military seems to be a little behind in their thinking. They believe traditional schools gives children more stability, but the fact is, students who are enrolled in a virtual school have more responsibility to get their work done on time and turn it in, without constant reminding from traditional school teacher. In particular Pennsylvania virtual school students have been speaking out about the military not allowing them to join until they complete one year of college in a traditional setting. Sometimes this isn’t the option for students, as they might want to join the military to get schooling because they don’t have the money. The military needs to reevaluate their “tier” system and bring virtual schools into the same category as traditional, because regardless of their thinking, the diploma is the same.

Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. For more information please visit Public School Rankings