On another thread there was a discussion in comments of how Public Education in the USA was rapidly turning into an Indoctrination Camp of sorts filled with a variety of Left Wing Ideology. I’ve noticed it myself just in what the spouse says about what they are mandated to do in her school. She is a professional teacher, and also devoutly Christian, so sporadically tells me some of the things that are least beneficial about the ‘mandates’. On a recent trip to her classroom I noted the mandated “Read 180″ program had a poster up lauding many “left wing progressives” but with not a single “Captain of Industry” nor conservative type. Military was also remarkably lacking. So lots of MLK and Feminism, no Henry Ford, Edison, Pershing, Bradley…
OK, there’s a lot more on the ‘complaint’ side (not the least of which is the huge slush fund of mandatory union dues that go to Democrats and “progressives”) but rather than focus on the negative, what about a positive point?
One thing lead to another and I found myself at the blog of Mark Cuban. (Didn’t even know he had one, but it makes sense). So he had this article about the demise of the brick and mortar high cost profile college and how folks will find other ways to get the units at lower costs and more efficiently. I’d already seen where MIT and Harvard were offering their materials (and classes) on line at low to no costs, and personally had looked at a “Name” university in the UK offering a Masters for a couple of $thousand a year (very cheap compared to attending physically). So it was clear that he is right about the direction. I also have taught at a Community College and can attest that lots of folks could save a lot of money by picking up their first ‘2 years’ of general Ed there and transferring. (Not a new thing. My “old college roomie” did that back in the ’70s and picked up a fine UC Degree in Engineering with only 2 years of spending money there…)
So, naturally, I asked myself the next logical question:
Are there folks offering K-12 degrees “online” where you could “home school” without a lot of the cost and bother of buying lesson plans and books and all? Has the “online revolution” come to K-12?
The answer was clearly “yes” after only a minimal web search.
So, in theory, one can “school shop” both for quality and for costs, and get your kid out of the clutches of State Sponsored Indoctrination in the process. A group of families in an area could have their own “recess time” where kids could play like they always did (at least when I was a kid) with others in the neighborhood in their own yards. No more “expulsion” for playing “finger gun” or “freeze tag” (can’t touch, after all…)
I also found that there are various ‘theme’ types. So “Jewish Online” or “Catholic Online” etc. It would make sense for folks who find the Loony Left Indoctrination oppressive to exit the system first.
For now, here are a couple that I found just as a ‘first to show up’.
Online Public Schools: High performance, individualized, and tuition-free: online public schools provide powerful choices for parents across the U.S.
Online Public Schools: World-wide, world class education through the K¹² International Academy and several online private school partners.
Individual Courses for Sale: Choose from 210+ award-winning courses, for grades K–12: including AP, world languages, credit recovery, and electives
Allied National High School Enrolls Year-Round!
As an Accredited, Affordable, Flexible Online High School…
…Allied National High School is a perfect alternative to traditional, classroom-based learning. We work closely with parents and students to create a learning environment that is challenging, dynamic and thoroughly exciting. Discover how ANHS helps make educational goals a reality.
Some, like this next one, are promoting that they are very much in line with the Central Planning goals and directions:
K-12 Online School
Forest Trail Academy is committed to providing quality education to students any time, any place, online at their own pace.
Upon graduation, students will receive a nationally and regionally accredited high school diploma.
All our teachers are licensed in their respective subject areas. In addition, we are one of the few online high school in the country with doctoral educators.
Our students are not restricted or limited to classrooms as in the traditional environment. As long as you have a computer and internet access, you can participate in class any time from anywhere. Meaning – you are free to travel, work at your own pace, and complete classes as your time permits.
We have the necessary support in place to help foster your child’s learning. Our teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff are here to see that each student achieves their education goal(s).
Our curriculum, available in all states & worldwide, is aligned with the both Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
We work to ensure that No Child is Left Behind.
Forest Trail Academy accepts international students seeking to achieve a U.S. education & high school diploma.
These folks doing both degrees and “GED Prep”
High School Diploma Online / GED ® Online Prep.
Earn your Nationally Recognized High School Diploma Online
Online High School • Online GED ® Test Prep. • Summer School Online
Online High School Make-up Classes • Online High School Diploma
And, a bit to my surprise, even Stanford has a high school:
About the OHS
The Online High School is a fully accredited, diploma granting, online independent school situated at Stanford University. Serving grades 7-12, the OHS prepares students from around the world for success both in life and in their future intellectual pursuits.
A search for “online Jewish school” turned up several:
Hebrew School Online
The Online Hebrew School provides your child with a comprehensive Hebrew school education no matter where you are located.
Jewish Learning Day School Online
The Online Jewish Day School is the perfect alternative for Jewish homeschoolers or for students that don’t live near a traditional Jewish day school.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons Online
Using the most cutting edge video conferencing, your son can learn LIVE one on one with his own private teacher! Lessons are fun and interactive and are tailored to your son’s schedule and needs.
“OJA’s groundbreaking and creative program could influence the way Jewish education is provided.” – Amelia Xann, Vice President of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
“My daughter has never been happier, she is succeeding in her academics and finally able to attend a Jewish Day School” – 9th grade parent
For Catholics it was a bit more complicated as a similar search turned up a bunch of links to physical schools with some online contact information, so a narrowing search would need to be done. Still, this one stood out from the clutter:
Complete live online classes
for middle and high school students —
Educating the heart, mind, and soul
in the Catholic tradition.
A more generic search for Online Christian School
returned a very large number of “hits”. So looks like lots of folks are already choosing an alternative to the Government Boot Camp Schools.
Online Christian Schools
Enrollment in an online Christian school to homeschool has multiple benefits.
The greatest benefit is you can expect a biblical curriculum, often with a non-doctrinal, character building emphasis .
Online Christian schools have Christian values, so you are not continuously surprised by curriculum content.
It helps parents fulfill the command of Deuteronomy 6 to teach our children about the Lord all day long, every day.
The cost of online Christian schools may be slightly higher than some homeschool options, but are only a fraction of campus-based Christian schools. Parents can enjoy many school benefits at home. One of the greatest values for the money is school accreditation, especially a regional accreditation. Here are some of the benefits over just buying annual curriculum:
academic help options
often older experienced organizations
assists parents with student motivation
removes government registration requirements for homeschooling in many states
removes labor and time screening curriculum each year
school number for college entrance and college financial aid
often have one or two accreditations
have quality paper-based programs for younger grades that dovetail into online curriculum later
These folks are in Canada, so one could get a Canadian Degree, it would seem:
Welcome to Heritage Christian Online School! HCOS provides three distinctives which enable discipleship to thrive: Christian Educators, Christian Curriculum, and Christian Environment.
Anticipation Building for BC CHEC 2013!
Promising to be our best Homeschool Convention ever, make sure you mark your calendars for the 2013 The BC Christian Home Educators’ Convention, April 26 & 27. It’s an event that brings together homeschooling families with resource-providers, speakers, and supportive networking options for two days of inspiration, encouragement and challenge. Offering stimulating programs for all ages, BC CHEC endeavours to glorify God while meeting the unique needs of parents and children who are on this exciting journey called homeschooling.
It looks like there are many fine grained specifics to search through. Even a “Slavic Christian Academy”, though I’m not sure what makes that unique.
Online Christian School
Our education system has gone online. If you homeschool your children, or would like to, consider Slavic Christian Academy as your partner in online christian education. Slavic Christian Academy is an accredited, online private school for grades 3-12. By using SCA’s online curriculum, parents no longer have to worry about obtaining teaching credentials, grading assignments or even creating homeschooling curriculums.
SCA provides all of the necessary materials needed for students to excel in their academic careers.
Online Christian schooling now means students have full access to a deep catalog of standard and college preparatory courses by AOP’s Ignitia curriculum, certified teachers and a personal academic coach. With a flexible curriculum that allows students to work from home at their own pace, parents can control how much involvement they would like to have in their child’s education.
I must admit, it ought not to have surprised me, but it did. Guess I’m just too close to the old style “local school” idea. But it does look like choice in education does not have to depend on getting a government voucher program approved. While these are likely “for profit” operations, it looks to me like “low cost” and potentially even “free” versions could be made.
I’m sure there are many folks with teaching credentials who would gladly work in a ‘teaching coop’ with similar minded folks, to create their own “school” in the virtual world. One without layers of “Six Figure Administrators” and “Government Mandated PC” and all the rest of the crap.
So that’s a rather encouraging thing.
“We The People” can just sidestep that whole Marxist Collective brainwashing and get on with traditional education.
No, I don’t see most folks doing that. For many, the school is free baby sitting service. Still, if “things get bad enough”, folks will find a way to ‘chip in’ and have one Mom watch the kids (or Dad…) while the others go to work. Having set ‘class times’ too.
I could easily see, for example, a “BYU Online” for Mormons. ( Damn, I hate it when that happens. Typed that. Thought, gee, maybe I ought to see if it already exists… search on “BYU Online School”:
now I’m realizing I’m still playing ‘catch up’ with reality…)
Or similar cultural minority groups taking charge of their culture, and their kids.
So there is hope after all. The typical American (and, it would seem, Canadian) independent spirit lives on; with folks just “doing for themselves” what needs doing… Nice to see that…
So I suppose all it needs is a bit of advertizing, and some wider use / acceptance to get the costs down and utilization up. Maybe a few churches offering facilities where kids can do ‘online school’ at church at low enough costs to compete with ‘free’ government indoctrination. I think that deserves a bit more pondering, and some talking about… maybe even with your local church.