Fairfax County schools could become the first in the Washington region to create a virtual public high school that would allow students to take all their classes from a computer at home.
No sports teams. No pep rallies. No lockers, no hall passes. Instead, assignments delivered on-screen and after-school clubs that meet online. It’s a reimagination of the American high school experience. And it’s a nod to the power of the school choice movement, which has given rise to the widespread expectation that parents should have a menu of options to customize their children’s education.
Carpenter, a serious-faced 10-year-old wearing a gray T-shirt and an
impressive black digital watch, pauses for a second, fidgets, then
clicks on “0 degrees.” Presto: The computer tells him that he’s correct.
The software then generates another problem, followed by another, and
yet another, until he’s nailed 10 in a row in just a few minutes.