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Distance Learning versus Brick and Mortar
An analysis at the university level
An initial ad hoc approach to analysis of distance learning versus traditional brick and mortar education.
Right now brick and mortar (B&M) is ahead.
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." - Mark Twain
One factor that influences the balance against distance learning is the effort by distance learning schools to try to copy the B&M educational model. Distance learning by its nature must accomplish the primary task using other methods. B&M will always be better at being B&M.
There are large numbers of students at both brick & mortar and at distance learning schools that study very hard, do their own work, and apply diligence toward their education. For most of them it is the same goal that drives them, they want a job upon graduation. Education, a degree, and a good job have become synonymous. Few students would risk harming their grade point average to take a class just to learn something.
For most students a college diploma is only a self marketing tool.
Seeking knowledge, learning new and useful things, is at best secondary in the modern educational equation. A degree represents that a graduate stuck with a difficult mission until completion. The capstone of a degree's significance is the diploma holder completed their undertaking within an archaic bureaucratic system.
Tenacity at a vain pursuit is perceived as a valuable trait by huge institutions seeking compliant employees.
At this progression; education, degree, good job, the B&M schools are without equal - distance learning is a dubious second place. Distance learning has lesser value because of its lack of ability to compete directly on B&M turf. Traditional brick and mortar colleges graduate employees tenaciously dedicated to an employer's objectives. Bureaucratic employers know and appreciate this.
Just 30 years ago the plan was simple. Get a degree, get a job at IBM or equivalent, never leave and never be laid off. An employee would be well paid, forced to travel and move, and would work toward retirement after 40 years. That model no longer works.
Current Graduates are frequently forced to put government in place of IBM. They are not very well paid, they will work in a painfully degrading bureaucracy, but they can still anticipate a reliable job with a decent retirement. The old choice, joining a large corporation, is an invitation to be laid off as industrial age companies shrink, out source, or implode.
"A formal education will make you a living, but self-education will make you a fortune." - Jim Rohn
At Bastiat Free University you can try a third option. Determine for yourself what you will learn. Learning can once again become an all life experience, and learning can be a pleasure.
The same technologies that are dismantling bloated industrial age institutions will liberate both education and work. You can start your own business very cheaply, you can re-train yourself frequently for ever better opportunities.
The liberating influence of a self-directed renaissance education is becoming the new, new thing. If you pursue your passions, learning is a constant product of seeking useful knowledge, not a short term goal.
You do not have to spend time, money, and lost opportunity jumping through bureaucratic hoops to get a degree. Take this chance to rediscover the pleasure of self directed learning. You will learn as you pursue your passion, this is the model of a new self-directed renaissance education.
You can research what you want to know, seek out what is of value to you, and you can use the knowledge acquired to create real wealth.
"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin
Your best investment in a wonderful personal future is an investment in yourself.
If you work at what you love, what you are passionate about, you will never experience a dull job.This is why BFU exists. Liberate yourself from constrictions of the fading industrial age; seek out and discover where meaningful action based on your passion is rewarded. You don't even need Bastiat Free University, we are but one source of many for the knowledge you seek.
Bastiat Free University is a resource in your life's passion quest. Look around our campus and find educational materials that will cause you to succeed. Register now (no-cost) and relearn to enjoy learning; learn about what you love. Renaissance learning is a pleasure because you get to discover what is important to you, and act on it.
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