I have been researching online/distance/virtual learning because our General Assembly was attempting to mandate it as part of the high school graduation requirements.
Last week, the bill was changed so online high school courses are not mandated, but encouraged.
And that was a good thing, given what I have been finding in talking to researchers and reading the research about online education.
I fear that uninformed investments in expanded online learning will lead Georgia down the same dead end that technology spending did 20 years ago. As a state, we wasted millions of dollars on impractical and unworkable technology because we allowed the vendors to tell us what schools needed.
School systems had computers they couldn’t operate. Stuff sat in boxes. Nothing connected. Lacking staff expertise, systems trusted the vendors, forgetting that their first allegiance was to profit margins.
Now, Georgia is at risk of wasting millions on online learning because the well-funded and