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ERIC Number: ED531185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
"Knowledge Universe" and Virtual Schools: Educational Breakthrough or Digital Raid on the Public Treasury? Report
Bracey, Gerald W.
Education Policy Research Unit
Correspondence schools, motion pictures, radio, educational television, and computer-assisted instruction have all been hailed as technological innovations that would revolutionize education, reducing, if not eliminating entirely, education's dependence on traditional schools and their teachers. The latest innovation is "virtual schooling," the delivery of curriculum over the Internet to homes, schools, or wherever the learner might be. "The virtual school movement," according to a report from WestEd, a San Francisco-based consulting firm, is the "next wave in technology-based education." Whether or not virtual schools are "The New Paradigm" or merely the latest in a series of technological innovations to come and go remains to be seen. It is already evident, however, that schools, universities, educational organizations, and entrepreneurs are rushing to adopt the new technology without adequate data to advise them of a wise course of action. The various advocates and entrepreneurs are using information technology in a variety of ways. This report considers one little-known--but large and influential--technology enterprise, Knowledge Universe, and examines the operations of its school-related division, K12, Inc. (Contains 1 table and 58 notes and references.)
Education Policy Research Unit. Arizona State University, Division of Advanced Studies in Education Policy, Leadership, and Curriculum, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, P.O. Box 872411, Tempe, AZ 85287. Tel: 480-965-1886; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit
Identifiers - Location: Texas; Wisconsin