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Education System
Educational System
  1. Public Schools
  2. Private Schools
  3. Distance Learning
  4. Home Schooling
  5. Special Education
  6. Preschool and Head Start
  7. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  8. Tracking
  9. Semester and Quarter System
  10. Busing
  11. Different Kinds of Public Schools
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These students in Michigan use computers in their distance learning classes.
Photo Courtesy of University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Distance Learning
Distance learning is now an option for students throughout the country and it can take many forms. Depending on one’s school and community, students may be able to take most or all of their school classes through distance learning. However, some decide to take just one or a few courses to supplement their regular classes. Some students view their course content over the Internet and communicate with their teachers through e-mail. Others may use regular textbooks and mail their work and tests to their teachers. In addition, students can also complete courses through cable TV and videos that they watch at home. Distance learning classes aren’t easier than classes in traditional classrooms. Students must still complete work daily and must work efficiently. Certified teachers grade student work and decide if students receive credit for the course. Interestingly, many distance learning students never meet their teachers or classmates in person. Distance learning is popular with people of all ages. College degrees and certificates can now be earned through these unique programs. Students from all over the world have the opportunity to acquire an education, regardless of their location.
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