The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 16, 2013

Cyber competition

I read Wesley Knapp's opinion in The Daily Item about cyber schools and am baffled by what he is trying to say. I sense his argument is that because each local school district has its own cost (tuition) to educate a student and that is what the districts are required to pay to a cyber school when a student decides to go there that cyber schools don't work. Further, he argues that some students who return from a cyber school to a public school must repeat some grades to catch up. Perhaps, but he offers no substantiation that the student(s) would not have had to repeat one or two years to get through public school had he/she remained in the public schools.

Regarding comments about cyber schools being run by education management organizations, what does Mr. Knapp think he is if not an education manager. Some education managers are in the public sector and some are in the private sector.

From my perspective, it sounds like there is competition and Mr. Knapp doesn't like it.

Mr. Knapp's time might be better spent answering the question "How many years of public schooling are required to adequately educate a person to become a productive member of society." Do we really need 12 or 13 years? The Amish are doing it at eight.

Ron Snyder, Sunbury

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