Which, in the skewed mind of anti-government Republicans, makes him an education expert:
I have a passion for education. I attained my North Carolina teaching certificate back in 1978. My goal has always been to be a teacher, but I’m not satisfied with the status quo of education...
Of course, you could have done something about that, if you'd actually stood in front of a class and taught. That also might have kept you from cooking up stupid ideas like two different high school diplomas:
Instead of the present system of providing only one pathway to a high school diploma, we need to reform the system and provide two. One diploma would certify a student college ready, with the necessary skills to succeed in college. The second diploma would certify a student career ready, with the necessary skills to get a job or attend a community college.
Career ready in which field? The stupidness of this idea aside, it would seemingly have to cost an extra bundle of money to administer and maintain, not to mention creating a huge psycho-social mess in the process.
And here mr. teaching certificate expounds on the virtues of online schooling:
National studies show virtual learners make larger learning gains and have higher course completion rates. Twenty-first century technology makes it possible for high school students to choose from a wide range of on-line courses taught by the best public school teachers from across the state. I propose offering greater access and more flexibility to local school systems to our students—public, private, and home schooled—to a wide range of for-credit, on-line courses.
Here's some insight into those studies:
In research to be released Tuesday, scholars Kevin G. Welner and Gene V. Glass at the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado assert that full-time virtual schools are largely unregulated.
Once used by home-schoolers, child actors and others in need of a flexible way to learn outside a classroom, virtual schools have grown in popularity in the past several years. Cyber-schools generally operate as charters, outside the traditional system but funded with taxpayer dollars.
Many supporters trumpet a 2009 analysis by the U.S. Education Department, which looked at published studies and concluded that online students performed “modestly better,” on average, than those getting face-to-face instruction. But the federal report compared traditional students with those who received a “hybrid” education combining online courses and face-to-face instruction, Welner and Glass said.
The lack of data on full-time virtual education far outstrips other areas of American education, Welner said in a recent interview: “Without evidentiary support, I would not say, ‘Try this out.’ You’re basically becoming a guinea pig.”
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