Online Colleges Signaling the End of the Traditional School?

Online Colleges Signaling the End of the Traditional School?
Online Colleges Signaling the End of the Traditional School?
This is the mindset of Futurist Thomas Frey, who views the coming change within education as one which will be a new ideological war. He predicts that the rising costs of college, as well as the little attention now paid to academics in favor of “partying” at traditional colleges will help pave the way into a new era of online education. His futuristic model of society is grim to say the least, but does not seem that far stretched, considering the leaps and bounds that online colleges have made over the past years.

Online colleges have spanned far ahead of any prediction from a few years ago, attracting thousands of students to their programs, and giving new opportunities for students who had given up hope. In Frey’s opinions, the rising cost of tuition has driven many students to seek cheaper options, manifesting themselves in online colleges. Additionally, he predicts the college-era that we have made for ourselves is soon to come to an end, as more important types of academics take the stage. While we all consider traditional college to be the rising social point in a young adult’s career (from which they make friends and mature), Frey perceives this to be a changing attribute as world policies shift.

In his view, online colleges of the future will be more attuned to academics, and stray away from the social norms we now consider colleges to hold for us. While this may seem like a big risk/leap to take, he predicts it will become necessary for young adults to mature at a faster level and therefore produce a new generation better adept to handle the many global disasters which are sure to come this way. Through his essay, Frey paints a pretty dire picture for the future of human society, although with a continuous optimistic look on how online colleges will save us all (in so many words).

While this has yet to play itself out, one thing is for sure: online colleges have drastically changed the way we now look at education. While we will probably not enter into Frey’s futuristic Clockwork Orange society in which education will save us all (albeit education without professors), the concept in general is interesting to consider. It is true that many of the main attributes of college campuses (academics, professors) are now overlooked in favor of the social connotations of college (fraternities, dorms). However, our society has molded education and our youth to achieve this part of life and it does not seem like there will be a drastic change like this over the next hundred years. So sorry, Mr. Frey, but online colleges will continue on their present course to attract those less able to attend traditional colleges.
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/04/

Online Colleges Signaling the End of the Traditional School? 9.7 of 10 on the basis of 1898 Review.