Online Success in K-12 Schools?

Patricia Hawke

In Minneapolis and all over the United States online classes are becoming extremely popular. The fact that it makes it much easier for teen moms to finish high school, delinquents get back on their educational path and bullied kids go from homeschool to being able to switch to online classes. There are many benefits to online learning. Students can learn to be independent and are in control of their learning. Fast or slow, they make the decision on what makes learning easier for them. There are now statistics coming up that are saying that online learning is not always better learning.
Online learning and virtual schools have obvious benefits, but what about the disadvantages? Statistics are saying that test results from students attending virtual schools or taking online classes are showing that eighty five percent of students aren’t up to statewide standards for math proficiency because the online classes aren’t rigorous enough. Since these statistics are starting to become apparent, why doesn’t the education system overhaul the online class requirements? Since the work is done at home, should there be more work? Or should the teachers utilize video conferencing for its students?  As there is some blame for the students not studying hard enough, the teachers and curriculum are the issue.
It may be easier to blame the students for their lack of focus and them not spending enough time on their online work or studying, but it seems the education system is quick to blame someone else for their issues. It’s not the student’s fault that some online courses are not challenging enough or are not teaching them in the way that they should be. A student merely sigs up for a class, hopes to pass by doing their work and passing tests, they don’t create the curriculum. Online classes are a great option and not all online classes are inefficient. Online classes with other subjects seem to be fine, but because math is a subject that s student ether gets or doesn’t get, more teacher interaction is needed to assist individual needs and learning styles.
In a classroom setting, students can raise their hand, ask the teacher for help on a particular problem and the teacher will help you work through the problem, step by step, until you get the concept ad the formula down. They help you to see the meaning of the formula and teach you shortcuts and easier ways to do the problems. By being in a classroom environment for learning math, it is greatly beneficial for the students that aren’t the best at math. The problem is, the people that don’t do good at math don’t want to sit in a classroom learning it for hours, they would rather do online courses and get it over faster.
As students work much faster online, which can be good for most subjects, online courses for math just aren’t configured properly to assist all learning styles. Is the education system wants to see a boost in test scores in the subject of math in online classes, there needs to be a reform off the online math curriculum.
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 Minneapolis School Rankings and Public School Rankings