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Missing the point

Thomas Friedman is very excited about online education. He should reflect that bringing a student to the point where he can learn from an online course takes almost as much work as bringing him to the point where he can learn by reading the book by himself. How many students in rural Egyptian villages are ready to take circuit theory courses from MIT?

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I am not as pessimistic. I am witnessing my father get his Masters in Theology while in his sixties, while fully employed, while also serving as a full time deacon. He is able to do this at a very high level because of the unique tools that are available in the Internet age. Tools are useful, as always. The trick is using them well. A tool not used well is no reason to get rid of the tool. The value of this particular tool is that it adds to, it complements, our existing tools. These tools expand opportunity. This is not missing the point, it is the point.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

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