The digital revolution of American education will reduce the combination of Hurricane Sandy and the recent Oklahoma tornadoes to a light breeze by comparison.
Since the 1930’s when Progressive Education and the teachers’ unions first infesed American public education, it has followed the same three trendlines: 1. It has provided decreasing education and increasing social conditioning; 2. It has provided them at an increasing cost and 3. It has become increasingly resistant to citizens’ concerns. Those are plain facts, not partisan opinions.
The education unions and their Leftish political allies have, with the willing acquiescence of the GOP, maintained these conditions by for examples, preventing education vouchers that let parents choose schools and by preventing genuine teacher evaluation and merit as opposed to seniority pay systems. But now, a single university may have blown the whole system out of the water and initiated revolution…if the unions and politicians can’t head it off. Left alone, Georgia Tech’s ramblin’ wrecks are about to demolish U.S. public education. To the benefit of every parent and every taxpayer just for starters. And it’s pure American capitalism, nothing less.
Forbes just wrote of it: The Education Revolution will explain for you. In short, you will now be able to buy a genuine, untrammeled, full value Georgia Tech Master’s degree in Computer Science (one of the more respected of such) by attending via Internet without going to the campus. (You can hear union teeth grinding.) But there’s worse: Taking the classes on campus runs over $40,000; the internet version, needing no buildings nor multiple professors nor rooms full of equipment, will run you a measly $7,000. And it’s the same, exact degree you’d receive by going to the campus. The unions and their supporting educational establishment must be more in need of toilet paper than Venezuela.
Consider for a moment: If kids can be educated over the Internet, why do you need some one hundred thirty thousand public schools full of thousands of teachers and too many, too expensive administrators of questionable utility? Even worse yet, why do you need all the universities and professors, other than to house football and basketball teams? You might not need any property taxes! And the absolutely intolerable worst of all: The kids might well get a hell of a lot better education freely chosen from competing sources!
The engineers at Georgia Tech have obviously figured it out. They’re going to put a lot of dinosaurs out of business at less than one sixth the cost to students…and given their costs, still make a hell of a profit doing it. None of the Tech folks had better sit with their backs to any open windows for a while, say a generation or two. But the gain to America’s citizens will be beyond description.
Once this is publicly demonstrated by a prestigious university like this one, the genie will never be returned to its bottle. As the attorneys like to ask: How to you unring the bell? Of course, we know that this will not be left to occur; the powers that be will pile on at the unions’ frantic call to stop it stone cold before it can gain momentum. You have already seen–or actually, not seen–the coverage it has earned from the ‘mainstream media.’ That’s a clue. But this sort of thing, like those horseless carriages of the early 1900’s or the Personal Computer of the 1970’s may be delayed; it cannot be stopped. No more can most of us imagine where it will lead.
Just one question out of the many this elicits: Is it a good idea to imprison our kids every day until age 18?
I’ll bet that the torpedo aimed at Georgia Tech’s new program has already been launched, but sinking one or even many more ships didn’t stop the Thousand Year Reich from losing WWII. It won’t stop the digital revolution of education, either. If you have a kid about to pursue a career in public education, maybe he or she or it might want to reconsider…