January 10, 2008
Please note this is NOT real. This is taken from a list of persuasive writing prompts that are designed to assist you with your thinking skills and organizing your arguments effectively. Online schools do exist, but this prompt is fictional.
Journal Writing: [Online Schools] The state department of education has provided funding for an experimental online school. All the classes will take place on the Internet, using email, online chat, and the world wide web. The students taking classes at this new online school will never meet each other face-to-face. They will only interact online with each other and with their teachers. The state is hoping this program will provide fairer educational access to students in outlying, rural areas. Opponents of the program argue that because of their lack of interaction with other students in a traditional classroom, the students who attend this online school will not develop the social skills that should be a component of their education. What is your position on this issue? Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper stating your position on this issue and supporting it with convincing reasons.
Miss Clark & Mrs. Hogsett