A few months back, Sally asked whether formal schooling will become obsolete. In one sense, I don’t think formal education is going anywhere. For the foreseeable future, people are going to need the credentials that an official degree represents. And for that, they have to be “formally” educated.
However, Like Sally, I do believe that the delivery mechanism for education is going to change. Education is about to become massively less expensive and more available.
Via today’s Kurzweil feed, we see this wonderful headline:
The author is less than completely enthusiastic at the prospect. He worries about about how universities can carry on as research institutes and stewards of civilization if they lose their cash cow — undergraduates paying waaaaaay too much for basic information.
Personally, I think they’ll find a way to evolve. Anyhow, having college graduates make student loan payments for most of their adult lives so that universities can view themselves as “stewards of civilization” feels like a bad deal to me.
Frankly, I’m tempted to drop my Direct TV and start working on a new degree. Cheap, abundant education means we all have the opportunity — some might say obligation — to continue the education process throughout our lives.
On the other hand, since I’m not necessarily looking for any additional credentials, I could start taking some courses here and keep my satellite TV. That’s what I like about life here in the future. Choices.