BlueSky school vows to fight Department of Education's attempt to shut it down

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Minnesota's first online high school vowed to fight for its survival after the state took action to shutter it Monday.
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Tara

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Yes! Let's do that! But you won't find one teacher, counselor, or administrator at BlueSky to go along with that. You know why? For every one student with a passing grade there are 10 with failing ones. Trust me, I used to send out the report cards. And that is with watered down curriculum and "exceptions" at every turn. What a joke. BlueSky should be thanking their lucky stars that they don't have to answer to property taxpayers like traditional districts. But go ahead, keep spending my money on your lawyers!
I think they should study the statistic of what students are doing BETTER than the did when they came to bluesky. The reason they have such a terrible fail rate, is because of the kind of students that result to bluesky.
A majority of the students at bluesky, are second chance students. Second chances can be needed for different reasons, some times the different learning style helps the students, some times nothing does.
Tara

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The courses are the same? Hardly. I worked there, so I KNOW better. And your child certainly couldn't have had more one on one contact if he/she ever attended the brick and mortar school.
It depends what you mean by one-on-one. Teachers at bluesky are adamant about communication. You can call them with questions at many hours, and they respond quickly to emails.
There has been a lot of talk about the kind of students that do well in bluesky. But not many have touched on the kind of teachers that do well in bluesky. It is not for everyone.
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Blue sky online school is a joke. Children are not learning from their curriculum. BKO getting shut down is the right thing to do> CHILDREN NEED TO BE IN SCHOOL. With no structure or supervision, no wonder most students are failing.!
Humans also need to learn how to structure themselves. Not everyone can do this, but those who can learn, have a great advantage over those who have been pushed to daily deadlines since they were five.
Children are born with the natural yearning to learn. Forcing information is not the way to teach, but offering it delicately and sparking that primal interest for knowledge.
Most students are failing because Bluesky takes all of the almost-dropouts! The reason for the problems is different for each individual, but some of those reasons can be fixed by a simple change in learning style and environment.
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Tara wrote:
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Humans also need to learn how to structure themselves. Not everyone can do this, but those who can learn, have a great advantage over those who have been pushed to daily deadlines since they were five.
Children are born with the natural yearning to learn. Forcing information is not the way to teach, but offering it delicately and sparking that primal interest for knowledge.
Most students are failing because Bluesky takes all of the almost-dropouts! The reason for the problems is different for each individual, but some of those reasons can be fixed by a simple change in learning style and environment.
yes people need to learn to structure themselves.. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS WITH NO CONCEPT OF STRUCTURE? KIDS THAT STILL NEED TO LEARN IT? I have personally seen how "effective" BKO curriculum is. Failing with a 2%? yea.. its great! Teacher see's that his student his failing, sends them an email.. student blows off the email..etc.

I will say that Online learning is great for some students. However in order to serve the 9/10 failing students, it needs to be restructured into a way that supports students to work independently and to be receptive to the information learning. I guarantee HALF of the kids who are doing online school, sleep until 2pm.. watch maury.. and maybe dapple in the waters of school work for half the time.

Say if Online schooling had a way to ensure that children are taking the proper amount of time to do the allotted school work, that would be great.. But right now it doesn't.
I feel that is the MDE job to step in and assess the situation. Perhaps issue some kind of assessment testing in a secure environment where kids can not use their books and wikepedia to look things up. Then they will see who is actually learning and who is just copying and pasting.

Also I think that if Online schooling is your choice for your child's education. Parents should be actively involved.
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Mar 22, 2011
 
Ben wrote:
BlueSky is a farce and never should have been established in the first place. All it does is contribute to the dumbing down of America--and it's doing a great job. It is also just another example of how the government is not doing its job and privatizing traditional public service jobs to for-profit companies.
Sorry to hear you feel this way. For your information it is the public schools doing the job "of dumbing down" our future generations. Watch the movie "Waiting For Superman". Public schools have done a great job producing plenty of "worker bees" for McD's and housekeeping jobs. My husband and I have been through the public school system and have vowed to keep our kids out of the factory line for kids. I've had one kid graduate from BlueSky and one presently enrolled. BlueSky teachers are more readily available that my teachers ever where. My other kid was in the local HS and they had No Time to help her when she needed it most. My kids are respectful, problem-solvers and won't be taught by brick & mortar public school teachers who have an agenda of keeping their tenured jobs. Sure, there are good teachers out there but there are some terrible ones and my kids will not be subject to them. If teachers had a danger of loosing their jobs they may try harder to perform. Also, schools should be run at the state level, not federal!
BlueSky is able to hire and fire teachers who can get their jobs done. If a teacher is not performing then they have the ability to fire them, can public scool do this???---NO.
Freedom is what this country needs. God gave us brains and we need to be able to use them to problem solve instead of waiting for the government to come along and run our lives for us.
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JoElle wrote:
Well of course these kids are graduating! They are sitting at home in front of the computer; oh, take a test or a final? Sure, no problem, their books and papers are right there with them; just look up all the answers, and bingo! You graduate with all A's. My niece went to online HS, graduated with great grades. Never happened when she was at brick/mortar school. Not too tough to figure out.
Easy there. These kids work just as hard with online school. It is a challenge for them. Good for your neice with "A's". BlueSky is there for kids who want to further themselves without the bulls**t of HS or for personal reasons and may have differing struggles to get good grades.
The teachers at BlueSky school Rock! They have excellent communications with their students and parents. Their teachers go above and beyond their call of duty and are availble beyond the normal work day hours of a typical public school.
This all began with slander by two women who have too much time on their hands that keep seeking out vendettas as a way of life. There are people out there like that. I know a few and you probably do to or at least know what I mean.

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