Leaving Children Behind? It’s Time to Embrace Online Education

Rachel Sheffield /

It’s 2010, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the American school system. Technological advances that we all take for granted in our homes, offices, and cars have yet to fully make their way into our children’s classrooms. But online education can open doors of opportunity to children around the nation.

In a recent Baltimore Sun piece, author Dan Lips, a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute and a former education analyst here at Heritage, writes:

In school, most children are being taught in the same classrooms where their parents and grandparents learned. Despite a few computers in the back of the classroom, instruction happens the old-fashioned way.

In an age when the nation’s school system is in great need of reform, virtual education can provide enhanced educational opportunities for students. (more…)