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ERIC Number: EJ918592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Virtual Learning: Embracing True Education Reform
Pohl, Robert
School Business Affairs, v75 n3 p10-12 Mar 2009
Communication, commerce, and social patterns have changed dramatically during the past 25 years, and technology has played a major role in these transformations. Yet, one product of technology that schools have not embraced is virtual learning. For technology to play a substantive role in education, an alternative K-12 model must be established that is based on the following: (1) An approach to teaching that acknowledges the various types of student learning styles; (2) An individualized curriculum for each student; (3) A response to families' demands for market choices; and (4) An alternative funding model linked to the student rather than to the school or school district. Wanting to change is insufficient to generate an alternative to traditional education. To bring about a new K-12 education model, school reformers must understand how to transform organizations. Only then will an alternative model emerge that leverages virtual learning. This new approach to schooling will change instruction, governance, school leadership, and school funding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001