I could not have been happier.
Ah, but wait, I'm getting ahead of my story.
A hundred years ago school was serious stuff.
Everything had to be memorized.
Students wrote on stone slates with slate pencils.
In one-room schoolhouses they were seated by grade; boys on one side, girls on the other.
Discipline was strict and punishments prompt.
All students walked home or in rare cases, rode horses.
Today, children go to school by bus to modern buildings.
Every class has a different teacher who is stationary in their own classroom.
Discipline is slack and new laws make punishment nearly void.
The only serious concern students have is their threads and popularity.
The dropout rate is blamed on indifference or pregnancy, not the old reason of"needed on the farm".
Three years ago, a pilot program implemented by a school district in Salem, Oregon created a new vehicle for learning in their community.
This online high school served an eclectic group of teenagers from dropouts to brainiacs, and of course the popular "home-schoolers".
All students accessed courses on the Internet, submitted their homework assignments via email and communicated with their teachers by phone as needed.
This is one example of providing alternative learning options for kids today and is a great safety net for at-risk students.
Allowed to work at their own pace, they are closely supervised to make sure they attend their cyber classes on a regular basis.
Real benefits include attending classes at any time of the day, seven days a week.
This is an excellent opportunity for teen parents or medically challenged students when traditional learning options haven't worked.
When these kids finish high school and begin planning their continued education a new idea is coming into fruition: Webucation! Most new terms beginning with Web- have been short-lived but Webucation is showing signs of survival.
Distance Learning is an idea seen to have great potential and has the close attention of nearly all educational institutions.
Everyone is clamoring to be in the right place at the right time.
It would seem that the one-room schoolhouse has been reborn.
These days it is the dining room, upstairs guest-room, or the converted garage.
Some of the students are teen parents but there are an increasing number of stay-at-home moms and jobless dads.
Add to this the thousands of nine-to-fivers who feel their jobs are shaky at best.
If you saw this trend coming, as did Donald Trump publishing Trump University online, you would definitely be in the right place at the right time.
Public education needs a lot of help and this may well be in the form of web-based education.
I can think of fifty reasons why this would be advantageous for primary and high school grades, but in this case it still has miles to go.
Career courses are exploding as this trend matures and becomes the next billion-dollar industry.
Villanova, Tulane, Notre Dame are only a few offering degrees online boasting: "accelerated, affordable, accredited, anytime training, anywhere knowledge".
Streaming video lectures - just watch and listen to Professors on CDs and review as many times as desired.
Learning doesn't get any easier than this.
Fortunes were made selling shovels to the gold rush miners.
Obviously you don't have to have quality material that would make an online course worth publishing...
sell the shovels, or in this case sell the courses.
Hard to sell?Not at all!On-the-job experience doesn't go half the distance of a degree or certificate.
Demand for skilled professionals has never been greater than it is today.
The idea of Webucation appeals to busy adults.
It is perfect because unlike conventional courses with set time schedules they will be buying courses the other way round; adjusting them to fit their spare time.
And all from the comfort of home.
With a degree or certificate in hand they will be a much sought-after skilled professional and their earning potential increased tenfold.
Here's a bonus:sell these educational courses and take advantage of that by getting certified yourself.
While you certainly can make a fortune selling the "shovels" it doesn't hurt to arm yourself with new wisdom on how to use this new wealth.
A degree in Financial Planning, Tax Preparation or Real Estate will make you the person to see in a crowded room.
And if money talks you'll make great conversation.
© Esther Smith