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Utah High School Lets Students Take Classes From Home

August 10, 2012 by  

Utah High School Lets Students Take Classes From Home

The childhood rhyme, “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks,” could become a reality for students in Salt Lake City. Innovations High will be trying out a new way of educating.

The school will not have a bell that rings promptly every morning. Instead, students will be allowed to work at their own pace. Innovations High will be a blend of online classes, digital textbooks, technical school and community college courses.

Students can choose to attend class, or, if they show great ability in a particular subject, they may attend that subject only once a week, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The learning regimen is similar to that of many universities.

The school is designed to be a unique blend of online courses and face-to-face time with students and teachers.

“What we are trying to do in Salt Lake is create something that has not been created before,” said Ken Grove, the principal at Innovations High. “Students are allowed to dictate how they will take their coursework.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Robert Smith

    It will work for some, and it won’t work for others. Let’s hope the system has the wisdom in place to tell the difference and make sure that each kid gets the education that they will need to survive in today’s world.

    What will help a lot is to get rid of “no child left behinid” garbage that presumes all kids are the same.


  • eddie47d

    That could be a recipe for disaster without a clear goal by those students. Every person who enters the workforce needs structure so who’s to say they won’t spend more time playing video games and texting? We should be open to new ideas and maybe a few will be disciplined enough to roll out of bed at a certain time and stay focused. For the most part it sounds like an extension of summer break.

    • DaveH

      It sounds like relief from the everyday distractions of students not at school to learn but just to take up space and harass others. Hmm, sounds like our beloved Eddie, doesn’t it?

    • Paula Campbell

      There are at least two built-in goals: do the work and pass the tests..

  • roger gunderson

    I would take it a lot farther yet. I would have no grades past 5th grade, no report cards, students will pick any and all classes available, no flunking, no handing in papers, reports, etc.
    All tests given will be handed out at the end of class with the answers on the back, to be taken
    home to do. The students and parents only need to see how the student is doing. The parents and student are and will be responsable for their education. The teachers are there to teach and not rule a students life. Cheating in class or handing out grades will be a thing of the past.

  • Doc Sarvis

    This may work for families lucky enough to have the finanical resources for a good computer and internet but not for many others.

    • DaveH

      Then send your kids somewhere else. It’s as simple as that.

  • James Turner

    I teach at an Independent Study School in CA and we meet with each student one hour each week. This is very successful for students who have high motivation, are distracted by friends, bored in regular school, or want to accelerate graduation. Kids with ADD, on Autism Spectrum or have physical or emotional special needs thrive. It is a great success.

  • http://personallibertydigest gottaplenty

    Solves the bullying problem. Stay home and get fat..

  • s c

    It has potential, but if Uncle Scam manages to find a way to screw it up, it will go nowhere. I assume that SLC’s schools tend to be large, so having kids around the house has much potential. Most people don’t know it (and are slow to admit) that only in a small community does a student have a chance to get a good education.
    Population centers tend to be a waste of time – and the influence of teacher unions makes it worse. One of the best reasons for keeping a kid out of a school is to prevent the “socialization” via pc and ‘gubmint’ indoctrination.
    If you want to be a good little comrade, go to a big school in a population center. If you want an education, stay at home [homeschooling, private or church schools]. Come on, Amurika, you CAN’T be THAT stupid for this long (certain PLD ‘comrades’ excepted, of course).

    • Nadzieja Batki

      The Parents will be expected to take responsibility for the tykes that they created when they were doing the horizontal tango. May not be able to fob them off because community owes them.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        May not be able to foist them off on others because community owes them.

  • ed

    I am a bit surprised at some of the comments here at a “liberty” post… “if the school (government) is not involved here, kids are going to go awry”.. How about Parents being responsible… it not like we don’t already have a whole movement in the US doing this successfully (without the government)… anyone hear of Homeschooling…

    • Deerinwater

      Good point, fair question Ed. Just “offhand” it appears to be a “home schoolers” dream come true.

      As long as the “final” can’t be “cheated” and makes a solid determination the student has develop, assimilated and absorbed the material, any student could be “half way” developed and up to family to address.

      Now that leaves only social skills , accepting authority and rigid structure to master.

      I have a niece of 22, the only child and presently lives with her parents (my brother and his wife). ~ She has lived out on her own before and found it most demanding and roommates even more so.

      In 5 months she starts at UTA with an interest in nutrition and physical fitness. Having almost died from contracting an e coli virus served and a fast food eatery and actually clinging to life in ICU for 22 days some 2 years ago has spurred her interest in health and nutrition. Since her slow recovery, she has taken up bodybuilding and the whole family is very proud of her progress and ambitions.

      She is not a child but nor is she an adult as she lives at home, pays no bills, does little house work, while bringing home grown woman problems, like bed bugs, a gay fiance (that really went over big) and she won’t mind her mother.

      Her room being addressed for bed bugs acquired from a weekend road-trip and Motel stay to Louisiana, after which has left the whole house disorganized with boxes of her “stuff” everywhere. After several weeks of this and her mother begging her to move these boxes. Wife say to Husband, “you have got to do something with our daughter, she won’t mind me”

      Husband get up and goes to daughter and says, “Mind your mother, do something with your things” Daughter give Dad some lip and Dad picks up these boxes in question and throws them out the back door and on to the stockade ( a privacy fence) fenced yard.

      Daughter react and physically jumps her Father (a black-belt), not that is important but reacting to a physical attack becomes instinct and natural, he throw her off, she falls to the ground, grabs her by her delicate tiny neck, pins her to the ground and give her a good talking too. All this time she is squealing like a tiny rabbit about to die. (She has my mothers same high pitch squeal that can curl paint)

      Men working on top of a roof next door hear and see this physical display and call the police. While not knowing this, Father too is feed up and against the Mother’s strongest protest to not call the police, fearing they will take him to jail, Father calls the police to get this out of control, disobedient, disrespectful child out of his house being at wits end.

      Police arrive, father gets the bracelets and while being escorted to the Cruiser tells the wife to call “someone”, so her does. ( Bad Idea, now there is no one to bear witness to the police behavior) ~ So, Father gets maced in the face, a few bumps and bruises while cooling his jets in the pokey for two days.

      Now, mother and daughter refuse to make statements. Hanna loves her daddy. Police file two charges resisting arrest and restricting of breathing ( I never heard of that one,) Bail is set at 15,000.00. ~

      Is there a happy ending to all of this? , yes, I’d like to think so. The family must face the fact that adjustments are necessary and everyone’s behavior is up for full review and we are to learn from this and be wiser for it.

      And of course this is not over, my brother will now be introduced to the legal system where he will meet the DA office, go before a judge and make a plea, guilt or not guilt. A guilt plead will come with a fine, 12 months probation and minatory, anger management or domestic violence classes or not guilt and lawyer up, demand a jury trial where as charges will most likely be dropped for lack of evidence.

      So, I hope the rest of you enjoyed my little story about raising children ( it is comical) but don’t think for one minute it could not happen to you.

    • rs

      I too agree with Ed. In a libertarian forum such as this, I would expect every comment to be positive on Utah’s development. Any move away from unconstitutional government control is GOOD. Whether some educational system will “work” is irrelevant.

  • Ronald Hayes

    This is nothing new. Idaho is implementing internet classes State wide.

  • http://wildeyguns,com The Christian American

    This apears to be a long way from home schooling. I assume government indoctrination will still be the form of “education”. This way the parents can be indoctrinated a long with their children. We must not forget children are wards of the state and must be taught along the lines that would be considered to be politically correct. Will teaches still get their full salaries and other bene’s? Will computers answer test questions or the students? In most homes today both parents work. It has been said: An idle mind is the devils workshop. Don’t they think the idle minds might get into all kinds of mischief being home alone? Democratic Athens here we come.


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