The value of online learning

The New York Times’ feature Room for Debate has brought several educators together to talk about whether and how students benefit from virtual instruction. It’s nice to hear from educators on this subject, including this refreshing argument from teacher Gary S. Stager on the contribution online learning makes toward public education:

Learning is no longer bound by artificial schedules, random teacher assignments or age segregation. Students feel more connected than in “school” where talking is the No. 1 infraction and teacher access is severely curtailed. When work is public, peers learn from it and support reciprocal growth. Everyone is a teacher and learner all of the time. The quality of work benefits from the extra time, collaboration and expertise.

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BY Adam Emerson

Editor of redefinED, policy and communications guru for Florida education nonprofit