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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: formal education and Internet are so far from reality that yes i would say they equalize ppl ... as in making ppl dummer ... Internet , tv , school and just about any occupation today in modern life puts us back ... way back in the caves . a lot of men and women don't even know how to provide for their basic needs . food shelter clothing .
    not only in 3rd world countries but also in modern cities . the simple fact of how many ppl are morbidly obese and
    how many ppl starve to death is appalling .

    reality is this Internet makes it easy to communicate but in doing so the quality makes room for quantity .
    if we compare that to education it is very similar . we have bigger classes , more teachers that cant be fired for misbehavior and this lowers the quality ( quite a bit!)

    so i would revere much more my grand parents that knew how to sow , cook and grow food than any accountants that can calculate how much the government will rip me off or the banker for that matter ( of course neglecting to mention his fees in that equation)

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