Idaho Slated for Online Preschool Pilot Program
How would you feel about your 4-year-old attending preschool, on a laptop?
The U.S. Department of Education recently put forward a $14.2-million grant to allow children in Idaho and other rural states to attend online preschool.
Currently, Idaho is one of five states that do not have publicly funded preschool.
The nonprofit Waterford Institute will offer an online kindergarten readiness program. The grant is aimed at targeting children who do not have access to preschool.
In the program, each family will receive a laptop computer that they can keep if they meet usage requirements.
Having some experience with online classes during my undergraduates degree, I have a personal understanding of the discipline it takes to take on a digital education.
In their "How it Works" section, Waterford Institute says Waterford UPSTART prepares children for kindergarten in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week."
I know that's about the same amount of time I put out into school, but I was 20-years-old.
Are you a fan of this attempt to outreach to rural youth? Or is this an abomination attending "school."