Leah Friesen's "Do American's Value Education?" blog post inspired this particular topic of blog which will become part of a long running, irregular series about a realistic, but very different society.
Leah brought up some great points in her blog about how athlete's are grossly overpaid and how so much money is spent on professional sports as opposed to the obviously more important educational system. Greed tends to be the guilty factor behind this misappropriation of funds.
"Public Education is a Joke"
People who have met me in person have most likely heard that quote come out of my mouth at one point in time or another. I didn't have the worst possible experience a kid could have but I did have to deal with many scenarios I don't think a child ever should have to deal with at such a young age. While some would accuse me of trying too hard to shield children from experiences they need to grow, I would counter that guns, drugs, knives, arson, gangs, and extreme physical violence should NOT be concerns of students. You want your kid to learn to defend himself? Fine, take them out into the sun to the local urban neighborhood park and let them run loose.
Yes, I am proposing we do away with public and college education as we know it. Blasphemous! you say? Why?
The answer is right in front of your nose. Home schooling via internet. A LOT less expensive for students, teachers and government. A lot less money would be wasted on paper, transportation, construction etc.
We can leave the social aspects of learning elsewhere. It is not necessary for EVERY course. The time alone that would be saved is incredible. Commuting, even walking class to class.
This is only a pipe dream for sure because I know there is so much money invested in public schools and colleges that they would NEVER allow this to happen. The technology is here now but as is frequently the case, the global education system is holding back innovation instead of promoting it.
Don't think that is drastic enough a change? How about this.
0 cost. Zero. None. Free.
How would this work exactly? Well for one the instructors, who should be the most important people involved in your education, would be paid for providing the service, not the time nor the resources. They would get paid an amount to prepare the prerecorded or perform the live lessons. The money saved in government funding of colleges would go STRAIGHT to them, NOT the architecture, design, maintenance, materials, upkeep or sports franchises. There would be plenty of money to go around.
Before you argue that no one would be happy in that situation think to yourself whether you truly mean "No one" or just you. Could your children's children live a life like that. More importantly, in how many ways would they benefit?
I went to college and I can honestly say it did NOT sufficiently prepare me for the business environment. Employment experience did. Studying from home would give students more time to work. Studying from home would also begin a new trend that would, eventually make its way into business.
My next blog will cover those new employment trends and I will explain further how that particular professor pay scenario would be feasible.