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Megan Summers

Impact Entrepreneurship Group


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Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery. – Horace Mann


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  • Oct 3 2011: Yes, and no. No two people utilize the internet the exact same way.

    When I'm at a dead end and cannot seem to think of the next thing I want to learn about, I use the heroin of the internet: Stumbleupon. However, I could also use this nifty little internet-addicting app to find time-wasting online games to relieve my stress from work.

    Also, not everyone knows how to use computers or the internet. I know! Unbelievable! Even though my great-grandpa could use e-mail and surf the web, a younger counterpart (who shall remain nameless) never had a computer class and never owned her own computer and actually wound up asking me how to change the size of her font, what "save as" meant, and how to set her desktop background!

    Homeschooling, public school, and private school are the flame, so to speak. Then it's up to us to keep putting wood on the fire. I hope I never stop learning.

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