Great prediction, Carnac: a brief history of the future of online education

One of the great things about blogging for the better part of a decade is that you can hold people accountable for the silly things they once said, or wrote, and presumably believed. Do you remember 2010?  Like yesterday?  Here’s columnist Froma Harrop on September 21, 2010: Bill Gates recently predicted: “Five years from now … Continue reading Great prediction, Carnac: a brief history of the future of online education

La Loca contemplates bespoke suits and online education. Historiann contemplates the profit motive at her allegedly non-profit employer.

I know many of my readers also follow Dr. Crazy, but just in case you missed her post from earlier this week, I’ll show you a preview and encourage you to go read the whole post over at her place.  First of all, she writes: You might think that I am a person who would … Continue reading La Loca contemplates bespoke suits and online education. Historiann contemplates the profit motive at her allegedly non-profit employer.

If online education is the answer, what’s the question?

As I understand it, the arguments about and within higher education boil down to this conundrum: College is just a waste of time and money, and neither students, parents, nor taxpayers are getting their money’s worth at traditional brick-and-mortar nonprofit unis.  So let’s spend government money on the kind of education at the kind of … Continue reading If online education is the answer, what’s the question?

Study documents and quantifies what we’ve known all along: face-to-face instruction beats online by every measure

In-person, live instruction and class meetings offer superior results to students than online courses.  It’s true!  And you no longer have to listen to fuddy-duddy old proffies like me, who have been beating our breasts and wailing about the poor outcomes of online classes.  From a study of 217,000 unique students in California community colleges: … Continue reading Study documents and quantifies what we’ve known all along: face-to-face instruction beats online by every measure

Education round-up: the suck it up edition

Friendly greeting!  Comments on the local weather, and humorous story about my weekend plans.  Here we go: Denver second grade teacher Austen Kassinger says that struggle is inherent to learning, and that parents need to push their children to achieve by owning that struggle.  After spending an entire evening working through five long-division problems in … Continue reading Education round-up: the suck it up edition

Arne Duncan: quite possibly the dopiest Secretary of Education we’ve ever seen

Yesterday, Arne Duncan announced that he wants all schoolchildren to switch to electronic textbooks as fast as possible.  Because:  South Korea!  Or something. Apparently (and unsurprisingly!) he hasn’t talked to any teachers or student teachers recently, many of whom don’t even have enough of the boring, old codex technology to send books home with their … Continue reading Arne Duncan: quite possibly the dopiest Secretary of Education we’ve ever seen

Teevee not for tots–but online Kindergarten = awesome?

The American Academy of Pediatrics retrenches in its losing war against putting young children in front of screens: Parents of infants and toddlers should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games and even grown-up shows playing in the background, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned on Tuesday. Video screen … Continue reading Teevee not for tots–but online Kindergarten = awesome?

K12 Inc. online schools: 12% graduation rates and 0% accountability. Awesome!!!

Guess what?  Online “academies” for K-12 students?  Not such an awesome idea!  Grace Hood has an alarming report on KUNC radio on the money paid to the for-profit company K12 Inc. to administer “COVA,” the Colorado Virtual Academy (click here to read or listen to it): At a time when public schools are seeing deep cuts … Continue reading K12 Inc. online schools: 12% graduation rates and 0% accountability. Awesome!!!

Bricks-and-mortar school is cool; online drools

This is a brief follow-up on that Pew Research Center poll I blogged about briefly a few days ago, in which the general public expressed more skepticism about the value of online college courses than college and university presidents.  (Jonathan Rees offered some thoughts on this too.) Who says there is no justice in this world?  (Via Fratguy): … Continue reading Bricks-and-mortar school is cool; online drools

The Three Rhing Circus of "Education Reform"

Guess what?  When you make people’s jobs and bonuses contingent on the performance of their students on high-stakes standardized tests, they have a really strong incentive to cheat!  Check out the details of Michelle Rhee’s tenure as Chancellor of the Washington, D.C. schools as reported by USA Today this week: Michelle Rhee, then chancellor of … Continue reading The Three Rhing Circus of "Education Reform"