Michigan Considers Requiring High-School Students to Take at Least One Online Course

Dan Carnevale, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Dec 14, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to this article, Michigan wants to make every high school student take an online course. Meanwhile, Ontario wants to make young drivers license applicants prove they are still in high school, to reduce dropouts. Why is our first reaction to make people do things, rather than to make high school, or online courses, good enough to attract students? Why do we insist on standardization? After I dropped out of high school (surprised? you shouldn't be) I picked up my diploma taking part-time and night classes. What would have worked for me? Access, course design, convenience - not meaningless rules and penalties I would have ignored in any event. More via Christopher D. Sessums. Or, on a similar topic, but with a twist, this: "I want an education, but all our zero-tolerance policies do is make me want to give up," said Raymond Collins, a 17-year-old student at Schurz High.
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