Proponents of online education assure us that this is the education of the future. I’ve been teaching part-time for a virtual school served by a famed national company, and in the early days, there was a lot of rah-rah about this being the best, perhaps the eventual only, mode of education.
I won’t argue the pros and cons of that here; in fact, I’ve already addressed some of it in my earlier blogs. It is true that most states now have a free, public online option for education and there are more springing up all the time.
People need babysitters for their children. In many families, both parents work, or increasingly often, a single parent must work to support her children. Therefore someone needs to take care of the children during the day.
You could imagine schools as one big, expensive, clumsy, well-meaning babysitting service. Within that, we strive against all odds to also educate children, but if it were simply a matter of transmitting information and skills to kids, well, then we’re back to the virtual option, which is cheapest and most direct.