As the parent of an online student whose growth and academic progress have been remarkable, I am closely following the additional scrutiny some cyberschools have been receiving. My concern with the recent reports in the Daily Camera about challenges facing online education is that there wasn’t much space devoted to the many positive experiences like ours.
Thousands of Colorado children wouldn’t be choosing online education in the first place if their traditional schools had met their educational needs. That was the case with our family.
Online schooling allows us to be deeply involved in our child’s education on a daily basis. We follow along with the curriculum and keep track of our child’s progress. We can provide the appropriate support and pace he needs for each subject.
Unfortunately, not every student enrolled in public online education gets that kind of support at home. However, that certainly is true of children in public education in general. Even though some kids do get all the assistance they need from their families, they still don’t do well in conventional classrooms. We appreciate that Colorado allows them an option like online schooling.