Virtual Schools

While families living in rural areas have historically not had the kinds of educational choices available to them that exist in urban areas, the internet and the emergence of virtual schooling are changing that. There are pros and cons to virtual schooling, but for some students, this is their only way to accessing specialized programming.
I recently came across a website for the Tennessee Virtual Academy, which is one great example of a new virtual school. It provides education to anyone in the state, based on the public curriculum. For those interested in this concept, there are great sections on this website about how virtual schooling works and myths about virtual schooling. This website makes the point that, at least using their virtual schooling model, there are many opportunities for socialization and for hands on projects that don't involve a computer. This is a great resource for people who are interested in this area.