The argument for blended learning is made stronger by the fact that education still lacks equality. Almost 60 years ago racial segregation was struck down by the Supreme Court in the benchmark case, Brown vs. Board of Education. Although the violence of desegregation has passed, the injustice of unequal education remains. Studies show that quality of education is highly correlated to neighborhood income levels. This proves that although monumental change was made, we still have a long way to go. Education is still the most critical civil rights issue of our time.
Digital learning provides a new solution to the age old question of education equality. Online learning students have access to high quality education at no cost.
Blended learning gives students access to hundreds of courses. These courses include college prep Advanced Placement courses and foreign language courses. No longer would a student be unable to advance in their education because their schools lack the funding for Advanced Placement classes. Students also have access to personalized attention. Something that is not always possible in a large classroom setting.
Students can get access to great classes and great teachers-just not in a traditional school setting. We have the technology to give every student in America a high quality education.
The question is, when will America implement blended learning? The problem of unequal education can be solved almost immediately. It is time for school administrator’s and district officials to take blended learning seriously and use it to fox our nation’s schools.
Americans have been out raged at the state of our schools. Online and blended learning is an option for education reform that is available immediately. To solve two problems at once, inequality and lack of quality, schools can begin to implement these programs now. Parents should ask their school leaders how they can help begin the shift from traditional classrooms to those online.
Studies show that students perform better online then they do in a classroom. This is most likely because students can work at their own pace. When a student does not understand a subject, they can go back and try to learn it again. Students also have access to teachers online 24/7. It is time for America to implement numerous different learning opportunities.