Online Grade Schools Becoming a Popular Alternative
“More kids are getting used to the idea of going to school online,’’ says Packard, “States are beginning to see 20 percent more kids each year [going online]; still, only a fraction of [students] are doing it.”
Elwell’s kids have gone from their early dial-up courses to connecting with students at other virtual schools in the U.S. and overseas, and having the ability to report bugs in the curriculum that are fixed within days.
“I probably wouldn’t recognize their [online] elementary school today,” says Elwell. “The technology becomes more sophisticated every year; it blows your mind away.”