Over the past ten years there has been much written about the success of online education. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find literature discounting the effectiveness the technological revolution has had on our public school systems. Much to the dismay of those who oppose a transition to a more technological driven curriculum, online classes have found a foothold in just about every school system across the country. In all fairness, the limitations of online courses must be addressed, as well as its promises. There are negatives to online education. Valid reasons why integrating online courses into public schools is a complete waste of time and money. Here is a list of ten of those reasons that come to mind:
1. Technology in our society is just a fad that will go the way of the 8 track.
2. A student’s school life should never mirror their personal life.
3. We need to start thinking about what is best for us and not the students.
4. All students learn in the same way.
5. Text books are not expensive, never get destroyed or lost, and are always up-to-date.
6. In the year 2046 all computers become self-aware.
7. Students will soon be attending school at home in their pajamas, leaving huge empty buildings to be turned into condominiums.
8. All school systems, public, private, and universities have all concocted erroneous statistics just to waste money they do not have.
9. No student deserves a second chance.
10. The greatest educational minds in the world are all wrong.
Yes, of course this is satire. It was meant to be funny and inoffensive. Teachers, pro or con technology, have valid concerns about online education. Some school systems have completely embraced online classes while others ardently oppose them. Studies show that almost 7 million college students reported taking at least one online course during their college career. If students are to be “college and career ready” it is the burden of the public school systems to offer students a chance to “get their feet wet” by giving them the opportunity to experience an online course before enrolling in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) in college without having some idea as to how to succeed.