In a transparent effort to ride on the coat tails of the successes enjoyed by those who homeschool their children, charter schools intentionally emulate the terminology and imagery of the homeschool movement. At the same time, those taxpayer-funded charter school programs bank on parents, school officials, and legislators continuing to be uninformed about the limitations and failures of those programs.
This report exposes the myths that have insulated Idaho virtual charter school programs from the surprising shortcomings that have become evident as this movement has taken root here in Idaho. Specifically, we’ll look at these five critical myths that have disguised the failures of the virtual charter school movement:
Myth #1: Students in virtual charter schools excel academically
Myth #2: Virtual charter school programs provide flexible instruction
Myth #3: Parents of virtual charter school students are actively involved in their children’s education
Myth #4: Virtual charter school students can use a faith-based curriculum
Myth #5: Parents will save money by enrolling their children in a virtual charter school.
In the final analysis, virtual charter schools produce anemic academic achievement. By law they must be sanitized of any spiritual perspectives. And they fail to provide significant cost savings for the parents of students enrolled in those programs.
Instead, parents should carefully consider embracing private home education, the method that produces unequaled results academically, socially, and spiritually.