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Old 04-20-2013, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Florida Suncoast
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I've been reading over and over how bad the public schools are in Hawaii. The general consensus is you have to put your children in private schools at an annual cost of about $15,000 to $20,000 per year, per child.

I heard an advertisement on the radio in Minnesota about an on-line replacement for K-12 traditional education in Minnesota called "Connections Academy". They said that in Minnesota, it is free, with no cost. I personally don't know anyone with kids that attend "Connections Academy", so I don't have any personal knowledge if "Connections Academy" is a viable alternative to the traditional public schools.

I checked the "Connections Academy" web site, which you can easily find with Google. They have a state selector on the web site and Hawaii can be selected. The Connections Academy web site said that the semester tuition starts at $2,364 with monthly payments as an option. However, according to the radio commercial I heard, there is no cost in Minnesota. Perhaps there is no cost for some other states too. The web site did not have any information about zero costs for some states.

Perhaps "Connections Academy" would be a solution for people that want to move to Hawaii that have K-12 age children, and cannot afford $15,000 to $20,000 per year, per child. Even if the cost was not free, $2,364 per semester per child would be much more affordable.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
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I went to the American School of Correspondence (out of Chicago), senators kids, hollywood kids, ect got their high school grad degrees there, had no problem getting onto college. My parents were public school teachers. That was the 1970's, think things are better today?

Home school if you can. Public school/source, arts, music, sports.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:05 AM
 
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I've been reading over and over how bad the public schools are in Hawaii. The general consensus is you have to put your children in private schools at an annual cost of about $15,000 to $20,000 per year, per child..
No, that is not the reality of Hawaii. The reality is that there can be a very wide variance in the quality of public schools, and the parents need to do a lot of research to weed out the under-performing schools. Also, it can be that one school in the area is good, while another is NOT. So, for example, you might have a good K-5, but the 6-8 is under-performing, etc. This is why you'll find that for certain years in might mean "private school", or that you might have one child in public and another in private.

Meanwhile, there are definitely some good private schools that fall way under $15-20K a year!!

As for using online schools to save money, there is more to an education than just books. Pulling your child from in the social aspect of school, friends, athletics, clubs, etc ... over money?

Hawaii is a great place to live, even the educational challenges can be handled with advance planning, and budget choices.

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Old 06-12-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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Get rid of the poor politicians for starters. One party state will never prosper because there is no balance in opinion.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Perhaps "Connections Academy" would be a solution for people that want to move to Hawaii that have K-12 age children, and cannot afford $15,000 to $20,000 per year, per child. Even if the cost was not free, $2,364 per semester per child would be much more affordable.
Without evaluating the particulars of this offering, in general there are enough different online learning possibilities in the works that I feel a revolution in education across the country... indeed, across the globe ... is just about to blossom.

The old paradigm of teachers in the same room with students largely depends on the knowledge and skill and motivation of the individual teacher, operating within the parameters of the local curriculum and administration, the quality of which is highly variable, and expensive.

Using video and computer technology, however, classes can be taught by master teachers, the best of breed, even if they are half way around the world or no longer living. Yes, you still need the personal touch and some individual instruction, but the local teacher or parent can be freed up from the time consuming repetitive teaching of rote learning, and the tougher lessons they may not be well equipped to handle.

Take a look at Khan Academy lessons, which are not only free to all, but are also highly effective. This is disruptive technology at its best! https://www.khanacademy.org/
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:33 AM
 
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Get rid of the poor politicians for starters. One party state will never prosper because there is no balance in opinion.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Hilo, Big Island (Waiakea-Uka)
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Without evaluating the particulars of this offering, in general there are enough different online learning possibilities in the works that I feel a revolution in education across the country... indeed, across the globe ... is just about to blossom.
I agree completely Open - in medicine I can assess and work with many patients around the world, many of who live so far from good medical care. Granted, I cannot treat all patients as such but the paradigm of 'same room' is quickly going out the door. Education is quickly following as well. It will only benefit our children in the end.

Geography should not be a barrier to solid education - hell, one of my Master's degree was completed from a distance! I whole heatedly support it
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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I've been reading over and over how bad the public schools are in Hawaii. The general consensus is you have to put your children in private schools at an annual cost of about $15,000 to $20,000 per year, per child...
It worked for Pres. Obama....
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: mainland but born oahu
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I think the best way to solve the issue of Hawai'is bad school system is have the voters push the state to offer education voucher to parents who dont want to put there kids into public schools, Parents can use the voucher to attend a charter school, home school.


I think when enough parents push for this and take the offer of vouchers, then the public school system will have to wake up and improve. i believe some areas in the southern states are doing this.


School Choice: Vouchers
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Kahala
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Vouchers generally only help the wealthy by putting money in the hands of people who can afford $15,000+ private schools - and the average parent works, still can't afford private school with vouchers, and isn't home to home school. Vouchers only take away money from the public school system and just makes the problem even worse.
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