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Complete Guide to Online High Schools: Distance learning options for teens & adults Paperback – September 21, 2012
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About the Author
Thomas Nixon coordinates online learning for the Fresno Unified School District in California. He is the author or co-author of a number of books including "Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning" and "Bears' Guide to Earning High School Diplomas Nontraditionally." In addition, Nixon is the proprietor of the well-regarded BestOnlineHighSchools.com and other online school websites.
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The only positive review was written by someone who knows Tom Nixon and has a financial interest in Nixon's reputation as an author on this subject. The five star reviewer wrote: "I invited Tom Nixon to write the short 'high schools' chapter for recent editions of Bears' Guide."
Bad news is that along with all the excellent opportunities available, the digital age has brought about more than ever scams and rip-offs: so-called high schools with lovely websites, but useless, worthless products. It takes a true expert to examine all the available options, and then describe and recommend the ones that are best for you, or your child.
Good news #2 is that Tom Nixon has done all (or nearly all) the work for you. He did it before, with the first edition of his excellent book, and now he's done it again, with a new, improved revision and update of the first book.
Here, then, is the review that I wrote for the first edition. The review was entitled "This is the book I wish I had had 20 years ago." It is a fine book, heartily recommended for children who are dreading or unhappy with high school, high school dropouts who now realize that a diploma would be very helpful in their lives, and even older folks who would love the satisfaction of having that diploma on the wall.
All three of my daughters are high school dropouts. One was not very happy in a small-town high school that had no labs, no foreign languages, no challenges. She was 'rescued' when a good university recruited her in 11th grade, and off she went. One got through a month of 9th grade in a huge and scary urban high school, and just walked out. And the third never even went to high school; she discovered the GED equivalency exam, passed it at 15, and went on to college. All three ended up with Bachelor's degrees (Phi Beta Kappa), but it was a rocky and twisty road. If only there had been a book about alternative approaches to gaining a high school education and diploma.
Thankfully (for the rest of you), now there is. Tom Nixon's guide book is just the thing my daughters could have used. And now, in the age of the Internet, it is what so many other people need, to help them sort out the bad and fake schools (and there are plenty of them) from the good and excellent ones. Nixon explains how to choose a good school, and then devotes one page to each of 100+ good schools. Even though they're all good, there are significant differences in their curriculum, their cost, their academic model, their religious affiliatin (if any), and so on. This is like hiring a seasoned and excellent counselor for under twenty bucks. Highly recommended.
(Disclaimer: I have written books about earning degrees by distance learning, but I didn't address the high school world in any detail. I invited Tom Nixon to write the short 'high schools' chapter for recent editions of Bears' Guide. One should always go to the best experts, and for online high schools, that's Tom.)