I just got around to reviewing a 2010 poll by Education Next which found, “online learning is growing more acceptable to the public at large.” According to the professor who conducted the survey through the Harvard Graduate School of Education, there was a 10-percent jump in support for the idea (from 42% to 52%). “In a single year, [that jump] is highly unusual,” he said. But what’s even more telling? That support for the idea of online learning is higher among minorities (African Americans: 61%; Hispanics: 65%).
The survey is interesting to me, personally, in how it demonstrates a large degree of misunderstanding about the nature of charter schools from the same people who embrace them. Sigh.