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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. Weirdharold

    Weirdharold said, almost 3 years ago

    Tell it like it is Signe!

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago


    In actuality, (at least here in California) the public school system is more than happy with the home schooling program offered over the internet. This is because not only does it relieve the classroom pressures of too many kids, it also costs the systems a whole lot less than maintaining classrooms as well. I admit I do not know just how it is in other states and systems, but that is how it is here. And the materials that are sent out to the parents and students from at least one such program are highly superior to anything that the class room public schools can even begin to offer. Of course, it all depends on just how much the parents or even grand parents (in my own case) are willing ot work with such online schools. I am retired from aerospace, and now I work just as hard for my grand kids as I ever did when working. Believe me, teaching as even an individual “Learning Coach” is not an easy task, but for me it is very worthwhile work!!

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago

    Would that be anything like Neurosurgery for Dummies?

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I don’t know…. I think you miss out on something when you forgo qualified hands on instruction. My copies of Artificial Intelligence for Dummies and The complete Beginner’s Guide to Advanced Cybernetics were easy enough to follow, but now I have a microwave that calls me Hall, and a toaster that keeps insisting resistance is futile.

  5. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, almost 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Here in Pennsylvania, it’s more about how owners of charter schools are getting rich off of the taxpayer’s dime.

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    In many public school systems in the US today we could give them a billion dollar budget and not single thing would improve. In fact, as incompetently run as many systems are I’d actually expect things to get worse.
    But, the teachers and administrators would be well paid.

  7. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 3 years ago

    As usual, the question is not how much money or what tool is used, but how they are used. Online learning is not a panacea, because some of it is poorly designed for learning. You can design online tools to follow instructional design principles and rotate through all four Learning Styles (cf. David Kolb), or you can just dump a book online. Not everyone learns the same way; optimum learning comes from going through a range of learning styles.
    In practice, there are crappy in-person teachers and there are good online education tools, and vice versa. Right now, despite the research having been done, relatively little of it is being implemented, let alone monitored. Testing is a poor indicator of teaching and learning success.
    The most effective education dealing with complex concepts usually involves a live teacher, whether in person or via chat channels. But note all the caveats!

  8. wbr

    wbr said, almost 3 years ago

    public education has become an oxymoron// the school dist just north of me can not even reach the low standards to be accredited

  9. swilkins

    swilkins GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I completely agree about the education industrial complex that provides many subpar or at least unprepared teachers to our schools. That is a different issue than cyber charters but one that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. Thanks for mentioning it.

  10. Government Is Not The Enemy

    Government Is Not The Enemy said, almost 3 years ago

    Cutting the education budget at school and crushing the middle class and poor in the workplace might have something to do with it. Education for the masses wasn’t so happening in the Gilded Age and the closer we get to that, the closer our education system is. As long as we put greed before the social contract, this will be the outcome.

  11. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 3 years ago

    I’ve found that a lot of the people who denigrate public education are examples of how badly it can fail.
    But let’s not let society off the hook here. Decades of insulting teachers, considering them to be glorified babysitters, yanking away pay and funding (and giving most of it to useless administrators), crowding classrooms, forcing them to “teach to the test”… and then the parents wonder why Junior is a failure- that is if they can peel themselves away from American Idol long enough to even notice.
    I could almost wish these idiots would get the home-schooling ability they cry for, so that they would know that they have nobody to blame but themselves for their kids being mental reprobates.

  12. Mr. Ngn33r

    Mr. Ngn33r GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    It seems, in Pa., that the "cyber Schools are funded equally on a ‘per-student’ basis by the State…even though they have nearly zero expense for real estate / structures / maintenance / transportation incumbent on ‘brick & mortar schools, allowing them much better resources for teachers, curriculum, texts (when even needed), with an effectively disproportionate share of funding. This puts the Public schools at a disadvantage because of the funding used for their ’physical needs’, so it neither reduces cost to the taxpayer nor benefits the Public system’s resources. It also allows those wealthy enough to take advantage of the ‘better-funded’ programs of the ‘Cyber Schools’ in ways unavailable to the average citizen that border on fraud (see Rick Santorum, whose children ‘attended’ Pa. tax-funded Cyber School while residing outside the State).

  13. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 3 years ago

    Uh-huh. Or, perhaps, we treat teachers like crap, so anyone who can get another job DOES get another job. Compare with Finland.

  14. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Charter schools in Ohio have done poorly. Lack of institutional control, poor budgeting process, lower standards for teachers. BUT: Give us some of that public school money, and surely we can do better!

  15. PMcDonald1963

    PMcDonald1963 said, almost 3 years ago

    Tell me … do you agree with the current policy in Texas — no education degree necessary, just find a way to pass the teacher certification exam?

    Sounds to me like the Texas state government has fed the problem that you describe — if a degree is not necessary, why develop thinking skills, initiative, etc.???

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