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Online education – making a new beginning

September 01,2011 by: admin

It is that time of the year, when we should all be questioning if what is being currently spent on college education is really worth it. At the beginning of each new academic year, we see anxious students streaming into classrooms on the very first day. As each new school year unfolds, the new tuition bills also arrive via mail. So, it is that time of the year where every parent and student goes through some pretty anxious moments.

However, with the huge advancements in technology, online education seems to be far more appealing rather than dorm-and-classroom education. With the continuing recession, online education seems to be more practical and affordable as well. This is fully understandable as technology has made huge advancements and offering online education is certainly a preferred choice for many during these difficult times.

So, the pertinent question would be – whether students should opt for online education during these difficult economic times?

There are some well-intentioned parents who sometimes declare that they will send their children to an online educational institution once their wards turn 18. This is in fact, the situation at most of the homes, where parents are on a tight budget and they do have good intentions but hardly have the means to support their children’s education at any of the brick-and-mortar institutions. When they make such decisions, it is entirely due to the compulsions and financial constraints.

It was not very long ago, when college education actually meant not just finishing schools but educational institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. Here, learning how to hold the silverware at a dinner and carrying on charming conversations was important as it would reveal how knowledgeable you were.

Most of these institutions had common religious traditions and hence sought to mold the students morally, educationally, musically, as well as socially. There were subjects such as English and History that were thrown in for good measure and the job was done.

Although education includes knowledge, which seems to be in short supply these days, it also includes much more than merely imparting knowledge to these college students. For instance, when it time to send the 18-year-olds to college, it is better to send them to some far off place, where they can live in a dormitory and learn much more. Here, they will be able to learn music, theatre, debate etc., and also form a valuable network along with their peers and professors that will help them in the long run.

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