If you are anything like me, you are constantly seeking out the next thing that you can learn. Everyday, I challenge myself to learn something new. Because it's like Horace Mann said, "a human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated." But the infographic about Millenials reported that fewer than 15% of males and 20% of females (probably still in the right side of the screen) had attained a 4 year degree, and something struck me. I think that secondary formalized education systems will fragment in the near future due to a shift of online education.
In the late 1990's in the book The Road Ahead by Bill Gates, Gates notes the unannounced synthesis that technology will have with education system, government and our everyday lifestyles. And oddly enough, he hinted, that formal systems that are conservatively managed, will be some of the last places that technology will manifest growth. Gates commended distance learning programs and noted that the fusion of education and technology will push us into the next generation. (Cool thoughts on future of education )
There is growth that we are able to see today. Two weeks ago, I signed up for a class from MITx. Check it out - > MITx . It's the first course that is offered from Massachusetts Institute of Technology that is completely online, has open enrollment, and comes with certification upon passing the course. Now, I have audited classes via KhanAcademy and actually learned my web development skill from Havard Extension's digital classes, but this is the first time I have seen certification coming from a free online education program.
And I'm not the only one who thinks this a good idea. 90,0000, yes, 90,000 people signed up for the course since it was announced in December. And since its the first time something like this has happened, it will be interesting to see what the outcome will be.
So, if in the last 5 years we have seen a number of different colleges putting entire curriculums online and available to the public for free. I can only imagine progressive education will be pursued a lifetime from now.
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There is always room to learn and grow.