Comments on: K12 Inc. online schools: 12% graduation rates and 0% accountability. Awesome!!! http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:18:38 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: I’m a Digital Pessimist: Online Schools and Games « Videogames, Learning, & School Design (EDUC602) http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-900862 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 15:17:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-900862 [...] actively facilitates (or, at least, does not compromise) the learning process. Historiann‘s post concerning the “efforts” of for-profit K12 Inc. to educate Colorado’s students [...]

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By: Cova Parent http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-898263 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 05:46:03 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-898263 I am a COVA parent of a 9th grader. I can tell you my 9th grader does about 3x the work of a regular public high school kid, and I know plenty of regular public high school kids. He currently has straight A’s, but it is at the cost of our family life and his self-esteem. He has done nothing since school started August except for classwork. I spend my days off of work AT HOME because he cannot leave to go do family outings because he has too much work to do. We are dropping out at the semester, maybe sooner. He also does not feel he is really learning much that will be useful for college, but is just having to over-study to prepare for ambiguous and deliberately tricky test questions. I can give my son a better education that he will enjoy more and will have a passion about continuing learning after high school. COVA and K12 curriculum is designed to suck the joy of learning right out of a kid.

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By: Sunday Round-Up: Endless Summer edition : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-881303 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 18:04:49 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-881303 [...] Denver Post apparently has reporters who listened to Grace Hood’s story last week on KUNC radio, as they went out and either plagiarized or simply replicated her reporting on the K12 [...]

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By: Heather http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-880316 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:30:29 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-880316 My children are currently enrolled in COVA in 4th grade and Kindergarten. This is our 4th year with COVA, and I am very impressed with the curriculum. There are many reasons that I chose COVA over a brick and mortar school, but I do have a teaching background and felt that I would be quite capable of teaching my two children at home. For all of their claims that you work with certified teachers, COVA teachers are not really involved in our day to day activities and seem to just be there to administer the state required tests and to make sure that we are logging attendance every day. I agree that students who do not have involved parents who will be dedicated to making sure that they complete their lessons will not be well served by an online school. It is very challenging and when the children are feeling obstinate, it is difficult to keep them on task. I have found this experience to be quite rewarding however, and for those of us with the determination and self discipline to complete schooling every day, this is a great alternative to subjecting our children to the many social ills that we find are currently occurring in brick and mortar schools.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-880000 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:59:58 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-880000 I think it’s a stretch to conclude that a 12% graduation rate is a “great success,” but I’m pleased if the option is working for some select students who have good technology and parental support. I’m pretty sure that a 12% graduation rate in a bricks-and-mortar school would be cause for shutting it down, and the occasion of a great deal of breast-beating and wailing about how teachers somehow screwed it up.

So, I’m all for options–I just think that accountability should be a standard applied equally. How nice that COVA thinks that they should get special consideration for working with students “on both ends of the spectrum.” So do bricks-and-mortar public schools–and where is the consideration or respect for the teachers who show up every day to work there? Where is the allowance in the punitive, every-child-must-be-above-average Lake Woebegon standard that will be applied to the F2F school?

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By: Lori http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-879976 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 00:52:58 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-879976 Parents seek alternatives for their children’s education when their leaning needs are not being met, and for a vast variety of other reasons. A large number of students are having great successes in the online model here in Colorado and across the nation. We are very fortunate to have access to these innovative online schools where our children are thriving. The kinds of students who seek an online education are those who are looking for a quality education with outstanding course content and an individualized learning plan. Students who are academically advanced and students with special needs, medical challenges, and children who have suffered from bullying or other negative social experiences in schools are the kinds of students who seek an online education. Please click on this link to read the statement form the COVA Board.
http://www.k12.com/cova/who-we-are/board/statement-grad-rate

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By: The Humanities: They’re good for what ails you! « More or Less Bunk http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-878942 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:05:00 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-878942 [...] them to drop out at their own pace and pay a lot more money for that privilege, as Historiann has repeatedly reminded [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-876488 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:04:24 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-876488 Susan–thanks for the link above. It’s really appalling, and yet completely unsurprising. It’s difficult for me to articulate precisely how offensive it is to me that these for-profit scamsters call what they do “education.”

I was talking to Fratguy the other day about taxes and stuff, and I asked him (jokingly) why he didn’t become a hedge fund manager. He said, “I don’t have to look at myself every day in the mirror to shave(he has a full beard), but I have to at least glance at myself to comb my hair.” I guess we just don’t have that predator/scamster gene.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-876485 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:55:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-876485 Millerz–thanks for the correction/suggestion. That may be where I saw it originally, too.

Off to follow Susan’s link about the GI bill profiteers. . .

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By: Millerz http://www.historiann.com/2011/09/22/k12-inc-online-schools-12-graduation-rates-and-0-accountability-awesome/comment-page-1/#comment-876327 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:32:57 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=16618#comment-876327 I don’t know if it was first usage, but I saw the “despite/because of” flip suggested by Glenn Greenwald Monday the 19th

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/

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