John Heim

Littleton, CO, United States

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John Heim
Posted about 3 years ago
Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?
Damon, I agree, the power of the resources available via the internet cannot be adequately capitalized on among the illiterate. However, it can have a profound impact on the lives of the illiterate by reaching those few in the community or surrounding communities who are literate, but have no access. This in turn creates value that may make resources (time and money in particular) available to increase the literacy rate of the population, creating a virtuous cycle. Similar to the way the printing press lead to much higher literacy in the west, the internet could do this in the developing world, but much faster, with far greater scope of content and at a fraction of the cost of printed books.
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John Heim
Posted about 3 years ago
Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?
I gain more as a independent learner in a year (with a full time job and family on the side) than I did in four years of undergrad studies at a top state university. I have found that it is access and reduction of friction in that access that makes the biggest difference. e-books, audio books, iPads, internet TV (multiple devices), social media, web apps, mobile apps all make learning better directed and yet broader at the same time. They also allow me to learn while on my morning run, driving in my car, in-between kid schedules and when I just want to relax in front of a good documentary on Netflix or TED talk on Hulu. It is my hope and belief that an increasing number of individuals will see that there is a world of knowledge, communities and support to self-direct a richer more meaningful and individual education than could ever be achieved in a one-size fits all institutional environment. I have a 10 year old and a 6 year old. I hope when they are of college age (maybe sooner), I can say, I put your college money in a trust fund for you, let's see what you can learn.