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Thursday, September 20, 2012

The War for Over Learning and Education Has Begun



For those who believe the battle over education in Chicago is over, don't relax...there is a war ahead on the future of education, how we learn and if we will keep things the status-quo with minor tweaks or dramatic and bold change.

The cost of education is staggering from children to college and it keeps increasing at a pace that makes healthcare look cheap.

Who gets all this money and who benefits?  Are we really getting the results we want for kids to college graduates?

Do college degrees matter in today's world?  Is it because that's just the way things are or is because they truly reflect expertise in knowledge when most people don't work in a career they got their degree in?

Can technology and online education bring better education and accessibility to anyone, anywhere, making education less expensive collectively and easier to measure results?

Will institutions and groups such as colleges to teacher unions be willing to accept those changes if it means better results, but eliminating jobs, frivolous buildings and the value of credentials?

These are just some of the questions ahead and the war has started for the future.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about the problems with West Aurora School District? Officials ignored red flags raised about a male employee's involvement with female students. Criminal defense lawyers being hired at local taxpayer's expense.

Why is openline ignoring this local issue?

Anonymous said...

Openline, what is "Over Learning" and who's fighting a war over it?

Anonymous said...

"Do college degrees matter in today's world? Is it because that's just the way things are or is because (sic) they truly reflect expertise in knowledge when most people don't work in a career they got their degree in?"

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Yes, that's just the way things are. The job market is so tight right now that employers can (and do) use whether or not an applicant has a college degree to determine whether an interview is granted. For example, my daughter is a receptionist at a surgery center in Naperville. She could have performed this job adequately right out of high school, but without that Bachelor of Science degree her resume would have gone into the trash can. With so many people applying for few jobs, employers are screening potential hires by requiring college degrees. Instead of being about skills, getting a good job is more about a diploma ("piece of paper").

Like it or not, it's the way things are!

Anonymous said...

"Can technology and online education bring better education and accessibility to anyone, anywhere, making education less expensive collectively and easier to measure results?

Will institutions and groups such as colleges to teacher unions be willing to accept those changes if it means better results, but eliminating jobs, frivolous buildings and the value of credentials?"

You started with an excellent question, then proceed to show a bias by your second question. You left out the question of IF the answer to the first question is NO, will those like you biased against teachers, etc. be willing to accept the changes BACK to the current system? Or recognize that one size does not fit all, and maybe we need a mix of both systems? I suspect not.