Online Learning Update

November 21, 2011

Online Learning Disrupting Class

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Jerry Sand, City Journal California

Slowly but surely, “disruptive technology” is penetrating the nation’s ossified public education system. The effects may be liberating for students, but they would be devastating for teachers’ unions. In his extraordinary book, Special Interest, Stanford political scientist and Hoover Institution senior fellow Terry Moe describes a succession of union victories—for tenure, strike rights, and seniority protection; against accountability, charter schools, and vouchers for disadvantaged families. But Moe argues that those victories won’t last. Union power will be marginalized, in part, by online learning. Emerging technology-based education, Moe writes, is the “long-term trend . . . and the unions cannot stop it from happening.”

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