Internet and mass education

Khan Academy

With internet reaching every house and such freely available resources as Khan Academy, EdX, Coursera, Udacity etc we believe that this is the first time in history a paradigm shift has occurred in education sector. Almost a 100 years ago, this is what was said about film (moving pictures)

The invention of film, wrote D. W. Griffith in the 1920s, meant that “children in the public schools will be taught practically everything by moving pictures. Certainly they will never be obliged to read history again.”

Excerpt From: Wu, Tim. “The Master Switch.”

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Internet makes educated mis-educated

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What’s perplexing is that since the election, the percentage of Americans who hold that belief (Obama is a Muslim) has nearly doubled, and the increase, according to data collected by the Pew Charitable Trusts, has been greatest among people who are college educated. People with some college education were more likely in some cases to believe the story than people with none—a strange state of affairs.

Why? According to the New Republic’s Jon Chait, the answer lies with the media: “Partisans are more likely to consume news sources that confirm their ideological beliefs. People with more education are more likely to follow political news. Therefore, people with more education can actually become mis-educated.”

Excerpt From: Eli, Pariser. “The Filter Bubble.”