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June 23, 2006

Child drops summer school class: film at 10:00

WOAI: San Antonio News – Online Summer School Programs: Do They Work?:

One Jefferson High School parent, Cynthia Morton, doesn’t think so. She tells us her 10th grade son dropped out of one of the courses. “From what I understand he’s just sitting in front of the computer, answering questions. There’s no instruction,” said Morton.

And what exactly did she understand to be happening during the school year?

Parent Cynthia Morton says she’s concerned that students may not be learning the content by using a computer for a few weeks.

How worried was she that her son didn’t learn the material with a live teacher for 9 months? I’m sorry, I know that there may be all kinds of things going on to explain how she and her son arrived at this position but until they bother to report it, I have feeling these are the kind of parents that make schools wish for less parental involvement.

And what about WOAI? How hard would it have been for them to actually report what all was going on? Why did the kid drop this class? Why was he taking the class to begin with? What other classes was he taking and why didn’t he drop them? I can’t help but feel that if this information was reported, the story wouldn’t be as tantalizing.

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