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Online classes for high schoolers

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/04/05/can-young-students-learn-from-online-classes/traditional-classes-arent-more-engaging

Here's a quote I liked:

"In high school I took six online classes. I am a PhD student now and in retrospect I think that those courses did little to help my education. My classes and research now are highly independent; the classes I took then were the same but at a younger age all I did was memorize what I was told to. I can scarcely remember what those classes demanded of me; (many were AP) at most I can conclude they were not efficacious. Online classes literally boiling down the material to online text and recorded lectures with no interaction besides email (and sometimes voice chats) with the instructor. Online classes can save schools money, sure. But when taking physics online and having a question waiting 3-6 hours for an email to clarify an ambiguity is a far cry from a quality education. After teaching classes at the college level and taking them, I am positive there is nothing that can replace a teacher/professor that is specialized in the material and truly cares for the students.Learning from an online course is really no different than throwing a pile of textbooks in front of a student and then demanding that the student learn as well as a student taught by an educator."

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