Don’t shun classroom for online classes

 

In their June 26 Other Views article, Historic shift in learning under way, former Gov. Jeb Bush and actress Rosario Dawson hope to make online education more accessible to all learners.

While connectivity provides access to a vast body of information, and laptops can replace cumbersome, expensive textbooks, where is the research establishing the success of online courses?

Teachers and counselors see how students are not engaged in their online classes, with many of them complaining they do not learn the course material.

At the same time there are no published figures comparing, for instance, the pass rate on College Board exams of classroom vs. remote learners.

In all the excitement generated for connectivity in education, we need to be sure that our tax dollars are not undermining the classroom experience that continues to define quality education.

Ralph Remis, Miami

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