Is there anything new under the sun? Just maybe, when it comes to education. Mitch Pearlstein, president of the Center of the American Experiment, has a new report about online learning. It offers a review of  online learning in Minnesota–what we’re doing right, what could be done better, and what we should change.

Pearlstein offers three major recommendations:

  1. Take far greater advantage of the huge online possibilities of Post-Secondary Enrollment Options.
  2. Review all state education laws and regulations for their fit with online learning’s new possibilities
  3. Make it possible for Minnesota and national scholars and other experts to teach online classes;

I’m especially interested in the third recommendation. It’s consistent with a recommendation I made for a forthcoming report. It’s very easy to oversell the power of online learning to transform the educational blob, but I think it can be very useful for some people.