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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 09:12 PM
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NYT: Online High Schools Attracting Elite Names
In June, about 30 seniors will graduate from a little-known online high school currently called the Education Program for Gifted Youth. But their diplomas will bear a different name: Stanford Online High School.

Yes, that Stanford the elite research university known for producing graduates who win Nobels and found Googles, not for teaching basic algebra to teenagers. Five years after the opening of the experimental program, some education experts consider Stanfords decision to attach its name to the effort a milestone for online education.

This is significant, said Bill Tucker, managing director of Education Sector, a nonpartisan policy institute. One of our countrys most prestigious universities feels comfortable putting its considerable prestige and brand behind it.

As the line between virtual and classroom-based learning continues to blur, some see Stanfords move as a sign that so, too, will the line between secondary and higher education. Several other universities though none with the pedigree of Stanford already operate online high schools, a development that has raised some questions about expertise and motives.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/education/stanfords-online-high-school-raises-the-bar.html?pagewanted=all
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libinnyandia Donating Member (526 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 10:35 PM
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1. I bet that online schools don't have strong athletic programs:o)
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