In 2011, the Texas legislature decentralized and largely deregulated the purchasing of instructional materials and technology by school districts. At the same time, school districts nationally were facing the challenge of implementing the Common Core State Standards. Education reformers were touting the cost-saving and academic benefits of online courses.
What is Learning List
Learning List is a national online library of professional reviews of K-12 instructional materials and online courses, which will launch in August 2013. For each featured product, we provide an alignment to state standards, an editorial review highlighting the products unique features and key information that educators need to implement the product effectively, and subscriber ratings and reviews.
One day I was walking through a prairie in Kenya accompanied by a guide and two friends from the U.S., when we suddenly came across five kids and an adult huddled under a tree. As we approached, we saw that the adult was teaching the students math. The teacher threw out a question and the kids feverishly calculated the answer …