Should You Put Your Child in Such System in the Middle Grades?
The middle grades are an important transition when many changes occur physically, socially and intellectually. Some would argue that pulling kids out of regular brick-and-mortar school systems during this critical time is detrimental to their success in school. They need real-world interactions with peers to grow psychologically.
Online schools do let students interact in the online environment. The question: Is that enough?
Proponents of the virtual school model claim that, so long as students have occasional outings with their same-age peers, they will thrive socially in the same way their traditional school counterparts do. Others fear that such limited social contact in the real world will further discourage real growth socially due to too much screen time removed from the real world.
We are in an age of change. Technology is the fuel that is moving this change forward. Some schools, like businesses, feel they must have an online presence in order to compete. Others, determined to hang onto the old ways, stay in the comfort of their brick-and-mortar settings, refusing to believe that an online education is the best solution.
Kids in the middle grades do need real-world interactions. However, some studies have shown that kids who are homeschooled do just as well or better than traditional students, as long as the support is there to help them reach the academic and social goals they need to be successful and to thrive.