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The Exchange

The Growth of Virtual Learning (Rebroadcast)


The idea of virtual learning is growing in the American education system.  More students from Kindergarten through 12th grade are learning in front of a screen rather than from a live teacher.  While some say the format is cost efficient and tailored to each individual's learning speed, others say essential components of the schooling system, such as development of social skills and hands on lessons, are being compromised in the process.  Many educators are looking on with reluctant optimism as the virtual world expands in its implementation.  Today we're looking at education that favors computers over classrooms.


  • Steve Kossakoski - CEO of the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School.
  • Mark Joyce - Executive Director of the NH School Administrator's Association and a trustee for the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School.
  • Amber Winkler, Research Director at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where she helps develop new research initiatives.