There’s a new future in education. After working much of my life to help ensure equal opportunities for education for kids I’m finally hopeful. The cost of education, the necessary travel and the limited number of spots available means it would be technically impossible for the majority of high school graduates in America to attend college. Now I realize many of them are not qualified to get into college. But I’m not talking about those kids.
I’m talking about all the average performing kids who come from families with modest incomes and ambivalent feelings about higher education. Most of those kids don’t go.
On the other hand, average performing kids who come from families with means do go.
I became passionate about higher education because without it, I don’t know where I’d be today. My family unraveled when I was 16 and leaving home at 18, I truly had no safety net to fall back on. I was fortunate to come from a family where the saying is not if you go to college, but when you go to college. Thank god. It saved my life.
This was 20 years ago, so even though I graduated with what I thought was a mountain of debt, it’s nothing like what kids are graduating with these days. Economist argue whether the investment is one of benefit. Can you make enough money in a lifetime to make the cost of that education worth it?
While folks argue over the various forms of inequality in our higher education system, I would like to focus on where the future of education lies. Online courses. Online education. Ecourses. They are sweeping the nation—the world—and it’s very exciting.
In the next article we’ll look at some of the most interesting online courses available today that open up new possibilities from a financial as well as a physical standpoint.