Virtual Schools Are on the Rise -- Would You Let Your Kid Go to One? http://www.ivillage.com/virtua

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Virtual Schools Are on the Rise -- Would You Let Your Kid Go to One? http://www.ivillage.com/virtua
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Sun, 12-04-2011 - 4:54pm

Virtual Schools Are on the Rise -- Would You Let Your Kid Go to One?

http://www.ivillage.com/virtual-schools-are-rise/6-a-406793

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Like the auther said, it is a nice option for kids who are not thriving in traditional style schoolls. Perhaps if we lived in a bad area or 20 miles from the school, that would be different as well.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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No!

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Registered: 08-30-2002

There is a possibility. Currently she is thriving acedemically in a public school setting. What we have going on could just be bad chemistry this particular teacher . All her other teachers have found her a "delight to have in the classroom," this one, not so much. She get's good grades, but has been marked down for "not respecting authority" and "not getting along well with others' which I find somewhat suprising, since she seems to be rather popular with other kids and her other teachers, coaches, dance teachers, etc. When I questioned further, part of the challenging authority issues tunred out to be, that she gets all her work done and has little or nothing to do. So I requested that she be allowed to work in a journal I sent from home. This teacher will not allow her to draw or illustrate in the journal because it's "not fair to the other students" that dd should get to do art, when they can't, My dd challenged her and said "It wasn't her fault they couldn't get their work done and maybe it would inspire them to get their work done, so they could do art too." Her teacher did not like this, coming from a second grader. The other thing that came up recently, is that for PE they play a game called Nation Ball, which my dd refused to play. When I questioned dd further (and looked it up on the internet) it appears that Nation Ball is a more "sophisticated" version of dodge ball. What my dd told me was "I don't want to throw things at my friends Mama and I don't want people throwing things at me. I don't care if the ball is soft, it's WRONG to throw things at people. Love is my religion Mom and there is supposed to be no bullying at school, so how can we have a stupid game where the object is HITTING each other with something?!?!" She was really upset and in tears over the matter. I wrote a note excusing her from the game, and explained that she would probably have to run laps or something. She was fine with that. She doesen't want to throw balls at people.

Our charter schools have waiting lists, which she is on several. Our private schools are Catholic and Fundamentalist Christian. We are not Christian. Her father is Buddhist, I am agnostic/atheist with some pagan practices, we lean towards the tenets of Buddhism. The private Buddhist school is more than an hour away and does not stress academics. My dd is currently handling regular school well. She is willing to be a little bit of a "freak" (her own words) to stand up for what she thinks is right. She has my support in not blindly bowing to authority. I expect her to respect authority, but only if it's worth respecting. I too am having a little bit of a hard time understanding a zero tolerance policy on bullying but having a game like Nation Ball during PE and recess. No hitting vs school sanctioned hitting with soft projectiles and proper rules.........no room for confusion there! But, then again, I'm the parent that doesen't understand having a DARE program followed by a Wine Tasting fund raiser. Uuhm isn't alchohol a drug?!?!

So, I could end up being one of those parents that would use a virtual school. Dd has plenty of opportunities to work out her social skills through team sports, other home schooling families, Sunday school, volunteerism, play dates. Right now she's outside, playing with another kid. Yesterday she spent all day with another kid painting pottery, going to a museum, going out to a restaurant, going to a street fair. School isn't the only opportunity children have to be with other children.



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Welcome to the group!