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Is Traditional School a ‘Must’?

Earlier tonight, I uploaded a video where I discussed the advantages of homeschooling, and the K12 program in particular. The response has been overwhelming in a very short time. For instance, my assistant Kat homeschooled her daughter last year for a semester. She researched tons of different programs, and ended up creating her own. You see, homeschooling using an accredited course is quite expensive. Her daughter returned to public school this year to attend 8th grade. However, they’ve been looking and researching ways to homeschool again through high school. K12 offers her a perfect way to do so! Kat was really excited by this, knowing this is a great program and something she can afford.

This raises the question of why she is so set on homeschooling. Why are so many thousands of others turning to non-traditional means of education these days? In many cases, it’s not a matter of the public schools not being up to par. It has to do with the fact that the schools and teachers are limited in what they can teach, and for how long. There are strictures placed on kids who learn slowly – and ones who are much faster. There isn’t always an “accelerated” or “gifted” program available in smaller, rural communities.

So, we turn to non-traditional means. I’ve always been able to learn better and more outside of a classroom environment than in it. I know there are thousands and thousands of other kids who are the same way. I was forced to start thinking more about whether attending a traditional school is a must after receiving this email tonight from Om:

I am 18 years old, and I dropped out in grade 10. I have never been happier in my life. I now run my own business as a technical support guy – and am doing great! Since I started my business, I have been offered a job by an ISP and another computer repair company.

I have heard a thousand times from friends and family members that I “need” to go to school or I will end up with a bad job. Had I finished school, I wouldn’t have started my own business – and would not be living the almost perfect life (not to brag).

Now I’m not saying that traditional schooling is bad. I just think that is certainly isn’t for everyone. I also believe that traditional schooling needs a lot of redesigning. They’re still teaching the same basic courses that they did some 300 years ago. I think a class on how to run a computer would be more important that something like history or grade 12 math.

So my advice now to people is, instead of going to school and then figuring out what you want to do – figure out what you want to do, then go to school if you find it fits your needs.

What’s your thoughts on this? Is it imperative that kids attend a “traditional” school? If so, for how long? Do you believe that some non-traditional methods just may be even better for them in both the short term and in the long run? Let’s hear what you have to say!

Is the Internet Better than Traditional Schooling?

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I am not a parent at this point in time, other than to my dogs. If and when I do have kids, I will likely give serious consideration to homeschooling. I know for myself, I learned more outside of the classroom than I did inside of it. I was so frustrated in a lot of my classes, usually because I didn’t understand what was going on. Knowing there may be a different and/or better way gives me a lot of peace of mind.

I wouldn’t have changed a thing at that point in time. However, we didn’t have the resources that we do now. The Internet is more than just a library – it’s a treasure trove of experiences. People who come into our chat room learn things by watching things that we do. People learn because they want to learn. You never stop learning. You’re constantly in this state of taking in all this knowledge.

I’ve had this email sitting here in my Inbox for awhile, but I just haven’t had the time to devote to a proper video for it. It came from Robert, and was talking about how he had removed his high-school aged daughter from public schools, and enrolled her in K12 online.

K¹² is a curriculum developer and provider committed to excellence in education. It is our goal to provide any child with exceptional and meaningful curriculum and tools that allow him or her to maximize the potential for success in life, regardless of geographic, financial, or demographic circumstance.

There are many reasons why some students don’t thrive well in a traditional school setting: the classes they want may not be available, the classes move too slow or fast depending on the child’s level of learning, and even the fact that some kids have trouble in such a public and social setting. There are other reasons, all of which are listed on their website.

K12 is a curriculum-based academy. They are worldwide, and have both virtual schools and local private schools. Each child’s curriculum is individualized specifically for them, based on their own needs.

To me, it’s a no-brainer. If you feel your child just doesn’t “fit” within the public school system, or if they are struggling in any way, why not consider homeschooling? There are affordable programs out there, and very good ones, at that. K12 is one of the schools leading the way for others, and your child can get a quality education right from the comfort of your own home.

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