Virtual schools provide excellent opportunities for students to learn without the distractions of other students, social dynamics or the need to “fit in.” The days of one-size-fits-all education are behind us. Students with every level of aptitude and skill have many choices about how, when and where they receive their educations. Virtual education strips away the limitations of socioeconomic status, gender, religious preferences, ethnic origins and disabilities.
The argument has been made that students who don't attend traditional schools miss real world experiences and knowledge. This is unequivocally false. In fact, virtual high schools can offer classes on a variety of real-world issues that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive in brick-and-mortar schools.
Imagine having the opportunity to take a class on entrepreneurship and the basics of starting a business during high school. Introduction to Entrepreneurship I teaches students about business principles, marketing, advertising and how to attract investors. It doesn’t get any more real world than this!
Students typically learn critical thinking skills inferentially and often struggle their way through the best individual learning methods for them. How much easier would it be if students could learn to train their brains to think and learn? Thinking and Learning Strategies offers students an opportunity to learn test-taking strategies and developmental organizational skills. These skills put students ahead of the rest in academia and work environments.
New parents often find themselves in over their heads. What equipment does a baby need? How much does it cost to raise a child? In Real World Parenting, students learn exactly what it takes to be a parent. The class teaches positive parenting strategies and outlines game plans for effective child rearing.
Managing finances is often a skill learned via trial-by-fire. Keeping track of resources is more complicated than simply money-in and money-out. Personal Finance teaches students about economics, creating budgets and making long-term financial decisions. A student headed off to college with these skills in their pockets will be far more prepared to manage their finances.
Students attending virtual schools also have a wide range of learning opportunities available to them. Virtual classes on real world topics teach students’ valuable lessons about the “real world” and how to navigate adulthood.
To see even more examples of real world learning opportunities check out the VLACS course catalog.