Building while Flying the Plane

haulin netAs the new fiscal year begins, North Carolina will unveil two very promising education options. Both are rigorous, somewhat independent of time and place, and free of charge to students.

One is the North Carolina Virtual Public High School, which is technically underway with some credit recovery and acceleration classes. The other is Learn and Earn On-Line, where high school students can take college courses for credit.

Checkout the Fall 2007 classes:

Clearly, our lawmakers and leaders are to be commended for bringing a future vision to reality so fast. Students will flock to these options for a variety of reasons. I think all high school students should be required to take at least one on-line course. Not a bad idea for secondary teachers either.

We have much to learn about this new education model in North Carolina. It’s going to affect locus of control, seat time, GPA, and attendance to name a few.

And we have to learn to fly this plane while it is being built. This is a common characteristic of life in the times of accelerated change.


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