TED Conversations

Megan Summers

Impact Entrepreneurship Group


This conversation is closed.

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


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Oct 6 2011: Not sure the question makes sense -- the way you pose it it reads as if formal education is/was an equalizer; I think your point is to the contrary, right?

    If I may rephrase...yes, the internet is becoming a great equalizer. The thrilling part of web 2.0 is that people EVERYWHERE will have access to a formal education anytime/anywhere.

    Or am I reading this incorrectly?
    • thumb
      Oct 6 2011: Hi Bridget,
      Thanks for the input. My personal bias is that yes, the internet is the great equalizer, but at the same time, I wanted to start a discussion, because I do see value in "formal education" , but believe the current institutions need some healthy competition and alot of reform.
      • thumb
        Oct 6 2011: These may not be overly simplified explanations. There are times when the lines between each type of learning get blurred, as well. It isn’t always as cut and dry as it seems, but these definitions can give us a general idea of each type of education, as complementary ones.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.