We live in a world of change, not rapid but accelerating change.
As a mother of little children, I often ponder on and attempt to predict on the future of our education, including the increasingly expensive tertiary education.
In a series of attempts to financially and quantitatively rescue Paul Quinn College, textbooks have been substituted with free open-source online materials. This means that people, including us, who have no access to expensive subscription-based resources of tertiary institutions can do the same. Paul Quinn College also converted its football field into an urban farm.
On 20170710, I was reminded that online-only learning modes suffer from the lack of
- hands-on laboratory science
- productive or performative group-based art, music, or theater courses
- physical education or recreational sport
- student government
- organized extracurricular activities
Nevertheless, one can always enroll in most (albeit not all) of the above mentioned locally, without having to attend an university.