Virtual course law puts form over content
Legislation requiring high school students to take at least one online course won’t be onerous, but it’s mission isn’t clear.
Virginia students who start the ninth grade in the fall of 2013 will be required to take at least one online course in order to obtain a standard or advanced studies diploma under a new law signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell last week.
There’s nothing sinister about virtual courses, increasingly common at universities and for job training. It makes sense for students to be comfortable with the latest technology tools available.