The Sky Has Limits
The Society for Quality Education is pleased to announce the publication of The Sky Has Limits: Online Learning in K-12 Public Education in Canada, a review of virtual education. The report is authored by respected educator Dr. Paul Bennett, Principal of Schoolhouse Consulting.
As students become more cyber-savvy and Apple proposes i-books to replace textbooks, online learning has fantastic potential to attract and retain learners, but there are challenges. Dr. Bennett found:
“In spite of the tremendous advantages afforded by introducing online learning programs, significant barriers stand in the way of its natural growth and expansion. With the exception of British Columbia, the spread of online learning and virtual schools has stalled and, for the vast majority of Canada’s 5 million K to 12 public school students, the sky has limits.”
The report’s findings dispute those of other Canadian studies of how the teaching profession views virtual education: “Most provincial teacher unions show tepid support for online learning, holding fast to labour contract agreements which effectively limit online learning to a supplemental role in the K-12 public system.”
Other key findings:
· After enjoying an initial advantage, Canada has been overtaken by the United States in the rate of growth of online learning over the past two years.
· There is potential for governments to save money outside of traditional “bricks and mortar” schooling.
· Private provision of e-learning is becoming more innovative and is growing rapidly.
The full report can be found at: http://societyforqualityeducation.org/parents/theskyhaslimits or on our Reports and Research page.