Thursday, September 17, 2009

The old models of education are truly starting to be challenged

Here's an interesting article about a new thrust in online education.

The article postulates that it may be a decade or two before online courses really shake things up for universities. I'm guessing that some time after that a similar model for High School education is going to rock High Schools across North America, if not the whole world.

What is a cash-strapped school board going to do when a company like StraighterLine offers to teach all the Math classes for a flat fee per student that is way less than it costs that board to teach those classes? I'm pretty sure a bunch of the school boards are going to grab those savings. And once several boards prove that the online classes are as good as the old-style classes, then the dam is truly going to burst.

I had been thinking that my job as a High School teacher was recession and technology proof. Looks like I was wrong.

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