This will help to shed light on some of the boundless knowledge the internet has to offer and how it can be utilized into the American student’s studies.
Many schools across our modernized world are clearly lacking in their curriculum and this is especially evident in our own public schooling system here in the United States. Now, our government can’t exactly just throw in a few extra courses, such as geography, into the average American student’s day; that would just be a slap right into our fragile economy’s face (not to mention the right wing). What can easily be done, though, is to utilize the internet’s immeasurable amount of knowledge and potential into the everyday school life of America’s youth.
It has been idealized that the future of modern education is inevitably bound to become entirely online. This hypothesis shows the endless potential of the web in educating all of Earth’s human inhabitants.
“But, how exactly can the internet be used for schooling? For my education?” one might ask. The answer is quite simple, you see. The internet is simply a compilation of nearly all human research and knowledge (Aside government secrets, but even those will eventually end up on the web). The one, most invaluable tool we have been e-blessed with is the search engine.
Imagine if, every time you lost something, you simply had to click top1course.net and you were shown exactly where the lost artifact was. This is what a search engine does.
Anything you desire to fill your gaping hole of curiosity or your dehydrating thirst for knowledge can be found with one simple tap on your mouse using a search engine such as Google or Microsoft’s Bing.
Now, we all know how to use search engines to do research for our homework. What else can the internet provide for my education?
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The internet provides an enormous network of accredited online classes, such as the geography class I mentioned earlier. One of these can easily be found by searching ‘Online [name of class] class’ into one of the search engines I mentioned earlier. Most accredited online courses do provide high school or college credits and count towards your graduation.
The two most common complaints and concerns of those avoiding taking courses online are one, price, and the second being the lack of a personal instructor.
The average price of an online course is somewhere only slightly above that of a community college but much, much lower than a traditional 4-year college.
Secondly; is it true that most online courses require the ability of the student to be self-taught. Although, many courses do offer 1-on-1 video chatting time with a professional, accredited teacher much like one in a traditional high school or college.
Do yourself a favor; instead of waiting around for your school to add that one class you need or that one class you always were interested in. Simply look the class up online, get the class over with more quickly than you could taking the class in person or indulge yourself in the wonders of that one subject that has always fascinated you. Our system of public education is most certainly flawed, but you can compensate for that with only a slight bit of intuition and effort.
- Tom Drury was born in Iowa in 1956. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Drury has published short fiction and essays in The New Yorker, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Granta, The Mississippi Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. His novels have been translated into German, Spanish, and French. “Path Lights,” a story Drury published in The New Yorker, was made into a short film starring John Hawkes and Robin Weigert and directed by Zachary Sluser. The film debuted on David Lynch Foundation Television and played in film festivals around the world. In addition to Iowa, Drury has lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, and California. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is published by Grove Press.