"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
Ikari, you are always saying how more Americans need to get a science education. Given that, you should support the growth of online education.
I do think the downside of less contacts made is real though. Facebook, Google, both were hatched in a university environment that depended on the contacts and individuals they met in college. There is a benefit to ambitious bright individuals coming together that seems to have a lot of benefits.
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Online education is something that conservatives and liberals should be able to agree on. Conservatives will like that it lowers the substantial tax burden that states currently pay to offer subsidized college education. Think about that - lower taxes, less government regulation, and a free-market education system.
Liberals will like that finally, we have at our fingertips the technology to educate EVERYONE. No longer will anyone be at a disadvantage because they are poor, because of their background, or any other reason. Education, and all the benefits that come with it, can now be practically obtained by every single American.