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Friday, October 20, 2006

Is virtual high school hurting students?

MAYNARD

How far can Internet classes go in replacing real high school classes?

Pretty far. Internet-based high school classes -- like those offered by Virtual High School in Maynard, which has 7,600 students from 30 different states -- have become increasingly popular for students whose schools have limited options for science classes.

However, there is serious discussion going on as to just how far cyberspace can go in replacing a real laboratory, the New York Times reports.

"You could have students going straight into second-year college science courses without ever having used a Bunsen burner," said Trevor Packer, the College Board's executive director for Advanced Placement.

-- Erica Tochin

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