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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 7 2011: I know! There are tons of good sources available just look at KhanAcademy.org and Openculture.com. But how would someone know to look there? That is one part of the internet literacy puzzle. I am fascinated by this idea of internet literacy, especially as it pertains to other leaps in literacy from an historical perspective, just think of the invention of the alphabet and the printing press. These technologies had far reaching implications in the advancement of social justice, e.g. without the printing press there would be no Protestant Reformation and so on and so on. I wonder what this new literacy will have in store for us! This was supposed to go with Nathan Knight's response to my response...Don't know what happened. Sorry for any confusion.

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