In an effort to compete with the big for-profit online companies that take away their students and their state tuition money, school districts in Pennsylvania are considering the creation of their own cyber schools.
This shows the fallacy of competition and the bottom line.
It makes perfect economic sense to compete with K12 by opening another cybercharter.
It makes perfect economic sense to encourage your own students to stay home and learn online, because that is what the competition is doing.
But it makes no educational sense because study after study shows that online learning is not right for many students, that it provides an inferior quality of education for many, that test scores are lower, graduation rates are lower, and dropout rates are higher than in traditional schools.
Yes, public schools can compete. But they should compete by doing what they do best: Providing a place where human beings who are caring and well-prepared teachers can interact with students on a face-to-face basis. Inspiring them, encouraging them, bringing out their best, teaching them as only a human being can.