60 years since the inception of the internet, you can now live completely via the web and never actually deal with anyone but the delivery man. It is a little scary how digitally dependent we have become. But for all the negatives that being online may bring us, it has opened so many positive opportunities.
We now have a unique access to almost all of the world and its history. People who could never make a trip to Machu Picchu can visit the site in Virtual Reality. Doctors can learn about medical breakthroughs as soon as they happen. But until recently, the internet has not offered much in the way of education.
In the late 1990s, colleges and universities started looking at ways to use the internet to help students in foreign countries have access to professors and courses here in the USA. This quickly led to local students asking if they could remotely sit in on the course like the international students. We have all seen how this boulder soon became an avalanche of educational change at the college level. Oddly, this avalanche of educational expansion seemed to hit a dam once it got to the high school level. The current powers dug their heels in and said no. However, unknown to most in the educational world, a small subculture of the 1960s was re-emerging: “The Homeschooler.”
Homeschooling families wanted access to educational resources; and many wanted more access than they could find in the traditional books used in modern education. Not to mention that many didn’t agree with political propaganda being espoused within pockets of public education. As you can imagine, where there is a demand, someone will commodify a product to fill that void. Homeschool textbook and program providers listened to what people asked for, and soon you could find a wide selection of online curricula to fit any style you desired. From videos to live lectures, you could find it all (though sometimes it was a bit pricey).
Eventually, even many public schools created an online option for their students, both on and off campus. In the current climate, it is no surprise that online education is expected to continue increasing at an astronomical rate. You can take nearly everything online, from basic 3rd grade Math and Reading to advanced Physics and Calculus, to Music or Latin. Some places even offer Physical Education online.
If you are interested in learning more about online education, call HomeLife Academy and talk to any of their staff of counselors or ask to speak with a member of their Archway team (an online curriculum only available to members of HomeLife Academy). They would love to talk to you and help you find the best fit for your student.
- Tom Adams