This is my fault for not taking the time over the years to ask you about your position in person. You certainly are always available. I know others who feel the same way that I do so I thought I would ask on this snowy morning to get some clarification on this issue. I can’t think of any positives for virtual education except for a few limited situations. Can you explain, or have you posed in the past your thesis on this topic? Are you thinking this will help those few who are home schooled due to medical or other reasons get access to more highly trained teachers and better curriculum and would Skype or some similar method of having personal one-on one review be a part of it?
Our daughter is taking high school honors classes with some children with some level of autism. It has been enriching for both our daughter and those children in gaining confidence and other necessary social life skills. This week the teacher assigned them to write about a group to which they belonged. Our daughter explained to us the interaction she and a class mate had with one autistic student explaining what friendship was, what typical social groups exist in the high school and how to recognize them. It was quite eye-opening for me and important to hear about how important mainstreaming efforts are to children such as these. I would hope that parents who are fearful would take the risk and send their children to public schools, hopefully where appropriate supports are provided for all the children instead of giving them an “out” to learn in a virtual manner. Thank you.