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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: The internet will not solve all problems or teach all lessons well; it may not ever parallel in-person experience, but it certainly starts to level the playing field for those with logistical challenges such as access, timing or financial constraints.

    Not everyone can or will make it to/through formal education; the internet provides a reasonable, viable option that simply didn't exist for the prior generation or for those in third world countries a decade or two ago.

    Bravo efficacious, distance learning; but I realize now that I was so fortunate to attend a traditional university.

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