NY Times debate: ‘Can Young Students Learn From Online Classes?

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Online courses are on the rise, particularly with education systems nationwide facing significant budget cuts.  The New York Times is putting it all on the table in a Room for Debate series for three teachers, a developmental psychologies, a professor and, of course, the readers to share and defend their opinions regarding online courses.


Online learning could supplement classroom instruction, offer experiences otherwise impossible and break down barriers of geography, wealth or culture. – Gary Stager, teacher educator

A real teacher’s expertise is reading a student’s performance and seeing the patterns to determine what a students needs – a computer can’t do this. – Francesca Burns, teacher

With the proper online course, learning may occur, but it’s short-term with little real understanding of the mathematics. – Jennifer Salls, high school math teacher

Middle school and high school students already use technology on their own time to learn and create. – Brigid Barron, developmental psychologist

Online learning can actually be less distracting than being in a classroom of 30 students. – Karen Swan, professor of educational leadership

There aren’t two sides to every argument, there are several. Join the discussion here.


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