What is the future of “Higher” Education?
I suspect what is going to happen is that the entire concept of the University falls into disrepute. Already, many US companies are no longer requiring a college degree as they find that the candidates with degrees are no better than those without, and are going to require massive amounts of training re-education regardless of the degree.
As a parent I can admit to this: parents are the most regressive in their thoughts about their children. We are always fighting the last war. But as a parent I am very worried. Should I encourage my daughter to go to college, spend a vast amount of money on something that is at best useless and economically unproductive, and at worst an anti-social indoctrination program that could very well stifle rather than encourage her intellectual development??? Or should I encourage her to travel the world, explore her curiosity, develop her own skills, ideas and ambitions?
Also with modern technology, the concept of a centralized brick and mortar University may very well wither away. Why pay for all those expensive buildings and infrastructure when you can get your children better education online, and then get them certified through credible third party testing services? Employers simply do not trust a degree from a university anymore. Whatever degree your child gets, they are going to have to pass a third party test usually administered by the prospective employer. The scary thing will be how these testing programs warp and degrade the education system even further as students are drilled even more mercilessly on how to pass tests rather than learn concepts, facts, and develop problem solving skills.
I think we are going to be seeing the death of education as we understand it.