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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: Several postings have commented that their idea of school is different than anothers'...THIS is the POINT. In the US, our version of school is unique. If you want to know why our old model of education is working so well in third world countries now, it's because it DOES work, and is based on the industrial model of school. But industry is no longer the typical bedrock business of our economy. Our economy is based more on information and talent sharing, and this is the model of 'school' that needs to be explored.
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      Oct 7 2011: The industrial model is not working all over the world. Thanks to the Millenium Development Goals, the UN has brought facilities, books, and training to regions that previously had nothing. Yes, in this situation, our model does work as inquiry is part of human nature. The internet however, provides unlimited resources to all with access. The statistics on cell phone subscriptions are staggering, bringing knowledge to nearly every community on earth. That is a model that REALLY works. Now if we can bring some form of organization to it all, we will have an amazing resource.

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