I have very strong and sometimes conflicted feelings about this question.
I went to grad school with the intention of becoming a software engineer. As I saw the financial toll grad school was taking on my family and seeing the costs of education (both time and money). I really started to question the need for institutionalized education.
Education of course is extremely important, the question is whether or not free (mostly internet) resources can replace or supersede the current university system. I’m still not sure if there’s an “absolute” answer, but here are a few of my thoughts:
I think the answer to this question hinges on the learning habits of the individual. There are many different learning/teacher styles. Just like some people need a fitness trainer while others don’t—some might learn better just reading articles, others might learn better in a class setting.
For better or worse, traditional jobs won’t take you as seriously without a degree. Online degrees are seen as less serious.
Online is cheaper—how will the system sustain academics who spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their education? No one will want to specialize or become doctorates of their field only to make minimum wage. This will most likely be inevitable as Youtubers, and other freemium platforms compete with professors.
On the other hand, traditional education is usually wayyyyy too expensive and costly for students. Those choosing to successfully pursue alternate education routes, might, in fact, help reduce tuition costs if enough competition is presented.
Universities in large part do not actually promote free-thinking. Many professors and institutions are politically bias and students feel threatened to voice opinions as it will negatively affect their grades. Online education does remove this anxiety and allow people to express themselves more freely as well as find multiple perspectives quickly.
Universities have incredible resources for students of certain disciplines (particularly the sciences). Most individuals will not be able to access half the scientific equipment available to them at a university, in-home.
Education is not all about studying and getting good marks. It is really a means to discover new things which we don't know about and increase our knowledge.
An educated person has the ability to differentiate between right and wrong or good and evil. It is the foremost responsibility of a society to educate its citizens.
In my view, self-improvement plays the main role in our life. And yes, the matter is not in good marks at all. When I wanted to learn a language, I went to the UK. I found language courses abroad very effective, interesting and fun. And I think it's a great opportunity not only for study but also for a little trip. That's why if you are interested in language courses, I can recommend a great website: https://linguatrip.com/en/english/united_kingdom/
Why not? Knowledge is powerful than any. Day by day it's becoming more powerful.
The first thing that strikes me about education is knowledge gain. Education gives us a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. People debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. Some say education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world while knowledge is something very different. I remembered my teachers, school subjects, the study and the fun! I never really hated school. But I have seen many of my peers who hated going to school; I have had some friends who did not like the idea of studying.
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