Friday, January 31, 2014

The Virtual Truth

By Jeff Simpson

In the Land of Mordor, they like to keep the Orc's doing the dirty work so the Grand Wizards like Harry Bradley can keep their hands clean.

One of their more bigger fountains of misinformation is James Wigderson.   Jimmy has never ever let facts get in the wayof a good propaganda piece and he is at it again.   Since the rest of the article is behind a  pay wall(people actually pay for this garbage?)  we mercifully, only have access to the last paragraph

No, a virtual school isn’t for everyone. Years ago when I began writing about school choice and virtual schools, I certainly never thought my son would be an online student. A traditional public education was good enough for me, and Waukesha has good schools – both public and private. Fortunately, one of them is an online public charter school.
But as every kid is different, parents need different educational choices. n. That is the real story of school choice, and it’s how I became a proud online school parent.

Let's forget the reality that School Choice is republican code word for lets profit off the backs of public education.  After all "Thar's Gold in them there classrooms."  

Then we also have to look at the reality that we already have school choice in Wisconsin, it is called Open Enrollment. 

What is Public School Open Enrollment?
Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment
program allows parents to apply for their children to attend
school districts other than the one in which they live.
Applications may be submitted to up to three nonresident
school districts.
Who may participate in open enrollment?
Students in 5-year-old kindergarten to grade 12 may apply
to participate in open enrollment.Open enrollment for prekindergarten, 4year-
oldkindergarten and early childhood education is limited.Parents should call their residen
t school districts to find outif their preschool - aged children qualify for open enrollment. 

You also have the ability to attend any school you want, public, private, online, voucher, charter, religious, etc... You just do not have the right to have taxpayers pay for anything but a public school.  As the Wisconsin Constitution says(yoo hoo tea partiers):

"The legislature shall provide by law for the establishment of district schools, which shall be as nearly uniform as practicable; and such schools shall be free and without charge for tuition to all children between the ages of 4 and 20 years; and no sectarian instruction shall be allowed therein; but the legislature by law may, for the purpose of religious instruction outside the district schools, authorize the release of students during regular school hours." Wis. Const. art. X, § 3.

So there in one paragraph we have exposed two lies  by Wiggy, lets go for the third.

 There is no one-size-fits-all solution for education. 

What is an online education?

 Online education is a one-size-fits-all endeavor. It tends to be a monologue and not a real dialogue. The Internet teacher, even one who responds to students via e-mail, can never have the immediacy of contact that the teacher on the scene can, with his sensitivity to unspoken moods and enthusiasms. This is particularly true of online courses for which the lectures are already filmed and in the can. It doesn’t matter who is sitting out there on the Internet watching; the course is what it is.

 The author of the article sums it up in terms of a college course but can easily be translated to high school.

A truly memorable college class, even a large one, is a collaboration between teacher and students. It’s a one-time-only event. Learning at its best is a collective enterprise, something we’ve known since Socrates. You can get knowledge from an Internet course if you’re highly motivated to learn. But in real courses the students and teachers come together and create an immediate and vital community of learning. A real course creates intellectual joy, at least in some. I don’t think an Internet course ever will. Internet learning promises to make intellectual life more sterile and abstract than it already is — and also, for teachers and for students alike, far more lonely.

 Does anyone think that in a classroom, during the instructional times is the only time you are learning in a school setting?  You are learning not only subject matter, but how to interact with others of different sexes, beliefs, ideologies, religions, ethnic backgrounds, interests, etc... 

Maybe that explains why Wiggy hangs out in Waukesha, preaching propaganda and ignoring and running from opposing viewpoints. 

If Wiggy wants to give his child a vanilla, lonely, sub-par education, that is his right.

However stop spreading lies and propaganda, trying to ruin the education of the other children in WI!

PICTURE OF WIGGY DELETED, Because wiggy cried to Capper and begged for it to come down.  You can find previous pic here!

However, we at CogDis were able to find another pic of Jimmy, when he was out in public recently.


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