Around the Web: Continuities between Life and Learning

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a special issue out on online education, well worth reading in full. (In a sign that online is here to stay, Idaho became the first state to require credits earned online for a high school diploma.)

Many of the articles in the special issue discuss ways in which online education does or doesn’t provide continuity beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Online components to a class can provide amazing benefits—Derek Bruff discusses, for example, how to use online social networks to improve learning. But they can also be deceptive—Nancy Bunge’s experiment with putting some lessons online helped her see the high value of the face time that students don’t get when they’re learning online.

Some other kinds of continuity that can be easily forgotten in a world where classes last just 13 weeks:

  • Between home and school (Margaret Heidenry’s memoir, in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, about being homeschooled when educating your own children was “still a fringe choice”)
  • Between where you live and your performance in school (Journalists’ Resource reports on a study that finds soberingly strong correlations between living in a disadvantaged neighborhood and failing to finish high school)
  • Between class time and after school programs (Susan Hadden thinks about how better communication and cooperation can help increase students’ time on task)
  • Between preschool and subsequent learning (Sara Mead analyzes the White House’s new rules for Head Start)
  • Between high school and college (Anne Hyslop notes just how few states provide high schools with data about the college readiness of their graduates)
  • Between what’s going on in class, what’s on the test, and what’s in the textbook (three Minnesota teachers spent their summer writing a math textbook tailored to their schools—and which other teachers can customize and provide to their students at extremely low cost)
  • Between serving your country and going to college (Eric Greitens, a former Navy Seal, explains the culture shock many young veterans feel in college)

This post was written by Odile Harter.

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