I am instructor at online school and the experience isn’t the same.
I’ve done my education both ways, on campus and on line. There are great benefits both ways. Both are needed. The esperience of sharing experiences face to face with other students can not be dismised but neither can the saving of time and money with on-line courses. It is nice to know that I can still take a course on line when the school of choice is hundreds if not thousands of miles away. One of my classes on-line had students in Japan and Germany as well as Utah, Colorado and Oregon. It was a great experience especially when the professor got challenged with so many varied expereinces from various parts of the world. He learned a great deal too.
I worked at a University and couldn’t believe how expensive it was for a course online. However, many of the people taking those courses were out-of-state.
It is true that you aren’t going to be able to teach chemistry over the internet, or any other lab course, and it is true that the face to face contact with other people who are learning or teaching is valuable, so some brick and mortar colleges will always be necessary. But, anything that lowers the cost of getting an education and makes it available to more people is incredibly valuable to our country. The average college graduate pays about $5800 more a year in federal taxes than the average high school graduate. Over 30 years, that totals about $172,000. If that’s divided by the 4 years it takes to get a college education, the government would break even if it paid every student $42,000 a year to attend school. This doesn’t even consider that with the degree, the person is less likely to ever need unemployment or welfare, that more students would complete high school if they could see a clear way to a really good job, and that they would be enriching the Social Security and Medicare funds. They would also be paying a larger amount in all other types of taxes. The best investment we could make to keep America strong is to not just forgive all student loans but to make all higher education, as long as the student is making decent grades, totally free, and increase the number of schools and teachers to make room for all who can profit from the education. We don’t, even at this time of high unemployment, have so much a lack of jobs as we have a lack of people who have the skills to perform the jobs that are available- in other words, a lack of education.
And now…. the REAL Cartoon of the Day!
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The reason more kids and parents are turning to alternative education methods is to get away from all of you socialist, leftist freaks that have taken over the educational institutions of America.
Have a nice day!
“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain
The ignorant and most undereducated posted about education. LOL!!!
Idiot, there are many reasons why people are choosing the internet for their education, not only one as you proclaim. If you didn’t spend so much time worshiping some figment of your imagination up in the sky, you may have more time to educate yourself online or in a traditional brick and mortar school with a 21 century academic plan.
Obviously you are a graduate of an “Alternative School” – ordered there by a Court Judge!
ROFLMAO!!! That was funny, Joyce. 🙂 🙂
“No man’s life, liberty, or property is in so much danger as when the legislature is in session.” – Mark Twain
Mummy left your door unlocked again?
Don’t waste your time or energy on Bozo the Idiot. He’s a one trick pony (more like a horse’s ass) who copies and pastes some quote whether or not it’s relevant to the cartoon. He hides behind his alias and never has anything to say that can be backed up by facts. Bozo your prediction for a landslide was correct but you had the wrong winner.
Have a nice 4 MORE YEARS.
Oh my God…Another thing we agree on! Who would have thought it could happen?
Like I’ve said before Grammy, we agree on more than we disagree on. It’s that way for most Americans. The pols just like to divide us with phony issues to distract us while they take more and more of our liberties and expand their power.
Have a great day, my friend!
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Ben Franklin
I agree about the cartoon. The rest…not so much.
Hi Grammy! I hope you are well. I was thinking of you over Thanksgiving weekend and was hoping you are doing well. I was in Boston over the weekend for my son’s hockey tournament and it was quite cold up there. Keep yourself and Mr. Grammy warm.
Hope you and yours had a good holiday. It was quite cool here over the holiday weekend. Cold now but supose to warm up to the 40’s over the weekend. Almost like summer! Boston is usually a little colder than where I am. They have an ocean in their yard, I don’t. Was your son’s game good? Hope so.
Well, Obozo, I really don’t see what having a Bible in school would accomplish unless you are taking a literature class or in a seminary. You certainly are not going to learn how to be an engineer, doctor, nurse, lawyer, architect, engineer, physicist, CPA or any other decent job from a bible. A Bible is for the church and confirmation studies as well as at home but completely unnecessary in a school.
The problem also happens at Tech. Schools, but they do it in a more sly mannor. First they tell you everyone is hiring in health care, become a CNA a short course & you will be making money. What they don’t tell you, is it is only part-time, few hours, low pay & no benefits. So they tell you, take night classes-become a Registered Nurse! By that time, you have a couple of school age kids & you try to balance home life, the kids, the husband, work & night school. The courses are not easy, so you fall behind & then drop out, but you still have to pay those STUDENT LOANS!
Yeah, tech schools can be a real problem but if you are lucky the place where you intern will hire you. My eldest daughter went to a tech school but ended up as courier for a blood bank (paid better driving her car than drawing blood, weird). She then went to a local college that had set up a specialized course so one could complete a 4 year degree in just 2 years. She interned in the imaging department at the local VA hospital where she learned to never work for the Government. The VA considers working 6 days a week, 10 hours a day plus a 7th day from time to time as a normal 40 week for their salaried workers. She then worked in a doctor’s office in the SF bay area where she graduated to Cat scans, went to a mobile cat scan and was then hired by another company which paid for her training on an MRI. She was eventually hired by a group of her doctors when they started their own imaging group. I do not know what her hourly pay is but I did her taxes 7 years ago and she was making a little over $60K then while only working 4 days a week and taking numerous vacations. She is now fully vested in their pension plan and plans on retiring a few years before she is eligible for SS. Oh yeah, next April she is going on a 6 week vacation to Turkey (I’m not too happy about that), Italy, and Spain starting in April. Previously she had been to UK, France, Netherlands, and Germany. So a person can parlay a tech school education into a reasonably successful career without being a genius if they buckle down and work at doing the job right.
Am glad I went to college when life was less complicated and having a chance at getting higher education was a dream my dad wished he had had for himself. But he was proud to see that it happened for his kids and he did do major sacrificing to pay for it. That was back in the 60s before Woodstock, pot, and the Peace movement started among college students. I loved those 4 years at Penn State and now some vile monster f-ed it up for the alumni as well as future generations of kids. Just goes to show you..nothing is sacred anymore. Why do people ruin our great institutions because of their addictions to any number of things? Like power, control, ego, greedy and treachery….
OK, semesters abroad do NOT count as superfluous like everything else here, nor are they ruled out by taking classes online. I benefited enormously by my year attending a British university (of course partly because the quality of education there is incredibly high). However, I also managed to go abroad on my own (well, little help there from the Navy) & highly recommend the whole ‘grand tour’ concept to return for young people.
It appears that online education removes the threat of physical bullying.
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