The New Zealand government has thrown a monkey wrench into the vast state school engine. At the drop of a hat, out of left field, the Ministry of Education has incorporated on-line schooling into the system. If the media's reporting on this move reflects accurately the response of the educational establishment, it has been condemned swiftly, unequivocally, and universally.
Basically, it will involve education providers being allowed to instruct and teach kids via on-line media. The providers will need to be registered with the State and doubtless their educational offering, processes, and disciplines will be subject to the Education Review Office--which currently inspects all registered schools.
The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata had this to say:
"This innovative way of delivering education offers a digital option to engage students, grow their digital fluency, and connect them even more to 21st century opportunities. "There will be a rigorous accreditation process alongside ongoing monitoring to ensure quality education is being provided." [NZ Herald]But it turns out that on-line learning is a very, very bad idea. It takes pupils away from the institution of the physical bricks and mortar school. That, apparently, is terrible.