Trends in Ed 8.13.09
An interesting article
from last week in U.S. News describes a new virtual high school specifically for LGBT students.
According to the GLBTQ High School's website
, the distance ed program will provide a "safe, high quality alternative to traditional high schools" for students who need a more welcoming environment. The curriculum includes traditional subjects as well as a one-credit requirement in GLBTQ Studies.
While some laud the idea of using new educational technologies to provide safe havens for students who feel threatened in traditional environments, others worry that the approach simply promotes segregated institutions and avoids the deeper issues involved.
Is there value in using the virtual world to promote educational environments restricted to particular groups?