As an educator in both the public school system and at the college level, I must say that Fred Grimm’s Oct. 9 column, Cheating is now a class act,was excellent at pointing out the flaws of online education.
In the last three years, I’ve seen the proliferation of online education at both the elementary and college levels. With this proliferation, the only real gain I have seen has come from companies, approved by our legislators under Gov. Rick Scott to profit from funds that could be used to educate children in the classroom where they belong. Students need the structure that brick-and-mortar schools provide.
After all, isn’t the goal of education to prepare students for the modern work force? Full-time online education is a real danger to the educational and social development of children. What about handicapped children who need specialized education by highly trained teachers? Can computers teach them from home with no assistance?
Joseph Hernandez, Miami