I have been educating my children at home once they were brought home from the hospital. Most of us do. That continuing to do so once a child reaches legal age to participate in publicly funded government offerings is looked at askance still amazes me.
We all hear the stories of children being "behind" in school - both those attending a public offering, a private situation, or in a home education scenario. Can we drop that? No one is perfect, no parent or educator can cover every topic, and kids do not always cooperate.
Most people agree that our schools are failing, that our children are not learning what they need, and that we should really get back to basics first. We need to learn certain things by rote - such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication. We need to make sure our children can read, by whatever means required. We need to make it interesting and instill a love of learning, not fear and avoidance.
The question remains, though. How do we do that in our current system?
Home Education is one answer for many. I advocate for it. I believe it can be wonderful.
My first choice though, remains a Virtual School.
Virtual School is a, shall we say, Hybrid? An opportunity for parents to be very involved in the education of their child without having to build the program. No, it is not for everyone, and many people do not understand how it works.
Which leads me back to the title - North Carolina is not ready for Virtual Reality. Virtual Schools have been fought back year after year. I have read the news, I have read the legal babble and injunctions. I still believe it is a matter of a school system wishing to retain control of people, money, and jobs. Virtual schools mean no government funding for buildings and construction. They also mean less nosy input from the school system into other agencies such as social services.
Ah. Social Services. Yes, when you send your child to a school, they are observed and you are judged as a parent. We have all heard the scare stories. Some of us have even lived them. Social Services, Schools, and households are all run by humans with opinions, desires, agendas, and preconceived notions. All humans are subject to ego-centrism and other thinking processes that are not tolerant of those who do not think inside the same box.
North Carolina is not up to speed on the needs of the families residing within its walls. I believe we have a great need here for a virtual option. Other States have such offerings, often with success that far surpasses the regular brick & mortar schools.
Is it not time for all of the States to be on an equal footing?