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March 7, 2014

MARK HEINIG: Will 'virtual schools' enrich or replace traditional education?

Best way to learn technical subjects is in laboratory.

(Continued)

I don’t want to discourage virtual schools, but I do urge caution. Even as more of them become available here in Indiana and elsewhere, K-12 educators and students face a long period of learning by trial and error. We need to discover what works and what doesn’t work in this digital brave new world. Of course, the trial and error part isn’t new. That’s how our primitive ancestors learned things eons ago and, fundamentally, how we still learn.

The trial and error method remains a crucial means of teaching and learning. The expression “trial and error” is outdated. Now we use more sophisticated phrases like “the scientific method” and “statistical analysis”. Nevertheless, these phrases describe tools for effective teaching and learning, don’t they?

Mark Heinig Jr. of Kokomo is a retired Indiana teacher and principal. Contact him at markjr1708@gmail.com.

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