Joshua Davis

Plano, TX, United States

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Joshua Davis
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?
The uniqe thing about the internet is that it allows for publishing, republishing and distribution of materials that were previously not easily accessable. Materials whose copyright and protection made distribution by means other than the internet time consuming or impractical. Now at relatively little cost to the person distributing these materials and almost no cost to the person downloading these materials you can educate yourself. Case in point is Cisco's student guides. They provide the answers to their tests. You can't obtain a student guide without taking a class with a Cisco learning partner. These classes are expensive. So people scan the book and distribute it on the internet. You can read the book and pass the class without paying a Cisco learning partner thousands of dollars once you have access to these materials. The distributor has effectively become a point of publication and the internet allows this to be done efficiently, cost effectively, with little time and energy required by the uploader or downloader and with little risk of prosecution for copyright violations. Anonmous republication of materials that normally would cost a great deal of money. This is the power of the internet.
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Joshua Davis
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?
My personal story demonstrates this is true. I am a Bachelor of Arts who regretted choosing a career path that did not open up opportunities to work on projects requiring critical thinking, analysis and problem solving. I wanted to go back to school to become an engineer but I didn't have 2 years or 30,000 dollars to get another bachelors. Instead I passed IT certification tests and now I am a Unified Communications Engineer working for HP. The main source of all the materials that provided me with the knowledge to pass the certification tests was the internet. It was free if you knew where to look for them. So I gave myself an edcuation worth the equivalent of 30,000 dollars. And not just me but all my friends. By doing so I doubled my personal income and my personal happiness. I never could have done this if I was convinced I needed to go back to school to get another B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Now I tell people that if they want to work in IT unless they want to become a manager or unless they plan on getting their masters or PHD to not bother with a 4 year degree. The time, energy and money invested in IT certifications has a hugely greater payoff. I know one 17 year old HS student who before he takes his first college course will have earned a CCIE in routing and switching. His very first job before he turns 20 will be 80,000k a year without a bachelors. No bachelors can ever guarantee you that salary only give you the hope that it is possible. In the future this trend will continue and our knowledge of the world will become more compartmentalized. People will realize a 4 year education at the cost of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours spent learning a broad diverse set of topics simply cannot compair to a narrow focus certification track that promises the opportunity for greater short term and long term income earnings potential. The internet has allowed for all of this.