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Gibault students add online classes to their busy schedules
News from Belleville News Democrat:
WATERLOO — Whether its learning a new language or how to do computer programming, students at Gibault Catholic High School had the opportunity this semester to take an online elective class through the Illinois Virtual School.
And eight students at Gibault jumped at the chance, even though it meant more work, better time management and collaboration with teachers and classmates across the state.
Sophomore Matthew Lock is taking Mandarin Chinese. “It like it,” he said. “It’s actually pretty hard, but I’m enjoying it.”
Matthew said he’s learned how to say “N?n h?o” so far, which means hello, and to write a few Chinese characters.
“Learning a language online is really self-dependent,” he said. “I have to definitely have a lot of discipline to learn it.”
This semester marks the first time Gibault partnered with the Illinois Virtual School, an accredited school that employs certified teachers, to offer additional elective classes that were not previously included in the curriculum such as Mandarin Chinese, oceanography, international business, java programming or digital photography. All the instruction is delivered online and is available to students at any time.
With regular classes and extracurricular activities, it’s challenging for the high school students to find time for their online elective cla…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat
Will: Education is the business of the states
News from Roanoke Times:
In 1981, Tennessee’s 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid and the states would have complete responsibility for primary and secondary education. Reagan, a former governor, was receptive. But Democrats, who controlled the House and were beginning to be controlled by teachers unions (the largest, the National Education Association, had bartered its first presidential endorsement, of Jimmy Carter, for creation of the Department of Education) balked.
In 1992, the former Tennessee governor was President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of education. He urged Bush to veto proposed legislation to expand federal involvement in K-through-12 education. He said it would create “at least the beginnings of a national school board that could make day-to-day school decisions on curriculum, discipline, teacher training, textbooks and classroom materials.” The veto threat derailed the legislation.
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