Educational trends applaused in 2011–the uncollege movement

It’s interesting to see how some entrepreneurs started to applause for the notion that you don’t need to get to college in order to succeed in life. They state that: “it’s not the only way to succeed”! Well, this is somehow correct; especially when we understand the connotations that go along with true entrepreneurship (that is necessity, potential, motivation and consistency ).
However, I have to say that I don’t entirely agree with this idea. Although being autonomous and indulged in real-life experience is a must in today’s world, and it’s already working tremendously well with lots of people, yet, we have to think this over for a bit.
A college exists for the simple rationale that people need to “get together” to acquire and exchange knowledge and, in my humble opinion, college (or the concept of it at least) is necessary in today’s world; in the sense that people are exposed to others that tell them “what actually works for them”. Getting in touch with professors and other motivated students and colleagues “in campus” helps motivate students (and teachers as well), and gives them incentive on what to do next in their lives.
Having said that, it is important that colleges facilitate this opportunity of interaction and discussion in-class and out-of-class as well. Failure to achieve this atmosphere of learning eventually renders the college useless and wasteful; whether we like it or not. As a consequence of that, those people (potential students) have to search for a similar atmosphere somewhere else either in a real-life community (or a real job) or on the web!

Check out the link for further details on other trends in the educational field so far..

11 Tech Factors That Changed Education in 2011



4 thoughts on “Educational trends applaused in 2011–the uncollege movement

  1. I appreciate what you are saying, but I can’t help but point out colleges (though the most traditional) are not the only places to share and nurture intellectual and critical thinking. There are myriads of other ways to get connected with your intellectual tribe. You might even find that you’ll connect with a much more diverse group (inter-generational, inter-racial, etc) of like-minded people when you are challenged to do so outside the limitations of college.

    But this topic is a hard one to take a side on because culture has so much to do with how we view education—there are almost as many ways to value education as there are cultures in the world.

    • Hi
      Thank you for your comment.. Yes, you are correct, cultures do differ when it comes to values of education. Although what I emphasize here is the fact that colleges will always be a more systematic approach, and a much more reachable source of learning that is focused and could help you find what you need faster and much more efficiently. After all, that’s what colleges and Universities literally mean; to bring together, to accumulate and to bring about all sources of learning that learners would benefit from.. I would agree that when it comes to the genuine challenge, that people outside college are faced with, is bigger; still the amount of knowledge and preparation students get is incomparable across cultures or societies.. that’s how I view it..

      • You’re absolutely right! That’s what Universities are supposed to do (concentrate knowledge, like-minded people, and resources in on central place), and most do that well. However, at least here in the US, it can be statistically observed that the quality of education in our colleges has been declining and students emerge into the world with debt and a resume that looks like thousands of others who are competing for a job. If an American student doesn’t have the means to study abroad where Universities are much better, they are faced with a difficult issue.

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