The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 19, 2013

Cyber school increases education

I am an 11th grade cyber school student. I love school and I love learning. I have been in cyber school for about two years. Like most other cyber students, I am there for a reason. I went to a traditional school for my entire life, but I was bullied, which affected my health, and caused me to be bullied even more. I felt like I was suffocating; I didn't feel smart nor did I value myself as a person.

Since my start in a cyber school, I have discovered my own learning abilities and strengths and have been able to grow as a person and a student. I have received many educational opportunities and have been able to find a job and begin to prepare myself for my future. However, it is no secret that cyber school tends to be looked down upon in some parts of our society. Based on my own experiences and knowledge of the current political affairs about cyber schools, I have decided to write about the lack of promotion of this viable educational system that has changed my life.

To me, education is valuable. Ken Robinson said "You see, in the end, education is about learning. If there's no learning going on, there's no education going on. And people spend an awful amount of time discussing education without ever discussing learning. The whole point of education is to get people to learn." Some people cannot learn in the tradition school system, for many reasons. Our traditional educational system provides for a group experience, and not everyone in a group learns the same way.

All school systems are bound by the administration, goals, policies, statistics, reputations, standardized testing requirements and state requirements which must be met. All this pressure can take away from the quality of education the student receives.

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