Rural education has sometimes been considered the stepchild of education. Big urban areas, however, have had a greater opportunity to provide a wide variety of subjects that rural areas are limited in putting on their curriculum. It is not because of demand, but because of a lack of financial resources and the availability of certain qualified teachers. Now, however, there are new avenues in which superintendents and principals can make available these elective courses available to their students and at a limited and much reduced cost. It is called long distance learning or the Internet. For example, a student can take economics, computer technology, foreign languages and even many of the life and physical sciences online.
The question arises: How can this be done. You do not need an elaborate system for the student to use. Some school districts invest hundreds of thousands of dollars on a system so that their students can learn online. All the students need is an email address. Here is how it is done. The teacher gives the school administration a syllabus and a lesson plan. The students receive this lesson plan and syllabus. The students submit their homework on a weekly basis via email. To communicate with the teacher, the students and teacher do so via email. For tests, the students give the administration the testing material where the student will take the test in a proctored area. Once done, the students or administrators will then submit their work via email. It is really quite simple. Another benefit to school districts is that the district does not have to pay any benefits to this teacher. The district only has to pay a salary per subject.
In closing, I have been teaching Latin by means of the Internet for several years. It is inexpensive for the schools. The students learn. It works.