Pros & Cons of Online Education

There were times when students had to travel to far ends of the world to seek knowledge. They had to travel for months or even years to reach that desired country or city. Time passed and distances became shorter with the invention of modern ways of traveling such as planes and railways. But the tradition of traveling to the cities or countries for better studies remained intact. Than a technological revolution came with the invention of ‘Computers’. In its early stages the computer had limited use but with the passage of time its usage became more consistent and later it became a very useful machine for every field of life. But still, the computer was not complete, till the time that ‘the internet’ made it a perfect machine.

Over the years people have argued about the use of internet. Many have claimed that it is a waste of time and a source of spoiling our new generation. This a conservative thought. The other faction, a more moderate one has claimed that it is a portal of knowledge. But our topic is not directly related to this argument although it has an indirect relation. With the passage of time, education over the internet has also gained much fame. There are two views on online education; one view is old school, which believes that education must be taken where it is suppose to be taken, that is at traditional colleges and universities, while the other view is new school and according to this view, students have the choice of doing whatever they desire and if they do not have the time or financial perks available to them, then they can easily acquire education through eLearning from any of the accredited online colleges and universities.

Our views can not be endorsed on anyone as both of them have some weak and some strong points. The old school theory claims that it is impossible for any teacher to transfer education and the whole of his or her years of experience on the internet. They further believe that at times it is not possible for teachers to provide individualized feedback considering that active learning is not possible through eLearning. This view claims that the equipment required to correspond with each other is not available to all the students or teachers which makes the acquisition of online education on all degree levels a bit more difficult. One strong argument put forward is that of the academic honesty of the online students. They have the tendency to go easy because they know that no one is going to question them. It is a part of human nature that unless we meet someone face to face, that person remains a stranger to us and same is the case with those who opt for online degree programs. There is no face to face interaction between the tutor and the student. An online student does not know the aspects of a true campus or a traditional classroom, which makes it difficult for them to learn the values of life and friendship. The old school theory claims that the internet offers other things, which are totally not suitable for the students and can spoil them and deter their concentration while studying.

The new school theory, which supports online education, claims that many of the pupils are not wealthy enough to go to conventional colleges or universities, for which they require an alternate style of study. They clam that studying through distance education courses saves time and cost. Another aspect is that numerous students live hand to mouth and if they go to an institute to study how would they work? This problem can easily be solved by studying online and working at the same time. Supporters of online education claim that if they study online, the students can learn whenever and whatever they need and they are not dependent on anyone. Many students cannot keep up the pace of combined study, but if they have the option of studying online they can study at their own pace and thus learning and the acquisition of an online degree can be adjusted in their busy schedules.

Both the sides have their views clear, and it is really hard to pick up a winner, but we do not have to pick up a winner, because the world is full of people with different kinds of needs and we do not have the right to force our views on them. The best way to co-exist is to respect other people’s views. So those who wish to study through a traditional institution can do so, while those who face some issues can always turn to accredited online colleges and universities to acquire their degrees through eLearning.

Online Education: Better Quality Education

The emergence of the latest technologies such as the computer and the Internet has been relatively recent. As millions of working people are too busy each day, these technologies are a good help in doing workloads faster and easier. This is also a good source of earning a higher education especially for working-aged people who need extra education and skill-sharpening to compete with the demands in skilled and knowledgeable workforce. This system of education is called online education or distance learning. Technology-based education and training we have today is the option of many adults furthering their education over traditional methods of instruction. Although traditional method of instruction is very effective to many, it could be inconvenient to others because it consumes more time, usually expensive and limited in subject matter.

It is a great thing that technology continues to improve. A college degree that used to be expensive and inaccessible could now be achieved in an accessible and less expensive way. That is why more and more students are being attracted to online education in earning a college degree that could help improve their working performances. There is no question about the quality of education they provide to each students because online degrees are in the same level of standards and position they could acquire through regular campuses. The difference between the two mode of learning is that, in online education classes you can attend a course at any time and anywhere you want. This means that working parents and students can attend to their responsibilities at home and other official commitments, then sit down to class. People who usually travels for pleasure or business can attend class from any place in the world as long as there is a service of an Internet. It is really designed for working adults but today people in all ages prefer distance learning over traditional way of attaining quality education.

No matter how convenient online education to students, they could not graduate in any of the online degree course if they do not develop self-discipline and commitment. The continuous study and time management needs to be undertaken in order to succeed in achieving your goals. Students here are the important stakeholders of learning. They are given the opportunity of acquiring knowledge and enhance their skills in their own pace while gaining professional experiences at the same time. It is more focused on providing students the activities that shift the control of learning activities from the instructor to the student. It simply shows that online education could provide people the better quality of education.

Indeed, it is really a good means of advancing your career that will lead you a successful life. Because employers now give importance to career-oriented individuals who are very willing to learn more for the better opportunities that may come their way. Undergoing an advanced knowledge and skill depending on your area of interest is a wise decision you could have. And as an online student, it is important that you should know the skills in using those technologies, the competencies and the eight attitude towards learning online.

Latino Facts And Education

Latino’s in America are the fastest significant population of students. 1986 to 1995, Latino’s have dramatically increased in percentage in Elementary and Secondary. White American has decreased, while the majority of black students remained the same in percentage. Latino’s are improving their status of Education over the decades. Between White American and Latino’s approximately the range is about the same.

Whites and Blacks enroll to pre-primary programs more so then Latino’s. They are less likely to enroll their children in pre-primary programs. In 1996 one in five Latino’s (22.1%) was enrolled to a pre-primary program compared to (58.8%) of whites and (67.8%) out of ten blacks. In 1986 four years old were less than half (45.3%) of Latino’s enrolled in a pre-primary program, among five years old that enrolled at 90.4% in a kindergarten program.

Although Latino have increased in educational programs they tend to surpass their gifted talents of overall enrollments (1994 Latino’s reached 12.7%) Latino’s do account for 80.2% talented and gifted population. About 9-11 years of age in later years of education Latino’s are more likely to be retained in grade, more so then White, less likely than Blacks. Latino’s from 15-17 years of age are more likely to be below modal grade than Blacks or Whites.

In the past two decades Latino’s increased enrollment population in predominantly minorities Schools. (Increased by 68.1 to 74.0% from 1980-95) They are less likely to graduate school due to isolation compared to Blacks and Whites among 16-24 years of age. In 1996 the status dropout rate was 29.4% more than Blacks and Whites.

Furthermore they were less likely to enroll in a college program and less likely to obtain a degree. In 1997 among 25-29 years old who have completed high school (53.9%) more likely than Blacks.

Now in 1998-99 adult population increased in graduating from high school at the age of 25 and over at 56.1% of Latino’s. A current survey of Latino population and education states Population growth and economic condition means that demand for higher education is strong. In 2000 minorities in the state of Florida and public schools alone is at 46.7% poll of students landing in 8th place nationwide with the most minority students. Colleges came in at 37.5%, Adults with high school or G.E.D 63.3 Latino’s, employment increases in Florida from 1991-2001 (17.8%) 1.3million. Latino Bachelor degrees awarded to 14.0% in 2000 Florida state. Latino’s in College increased at 21.0% in Florida.

Since 2000 Latino education is quickly increasing and has become an important factor for many nationwide.

Regardless of race, color, ethnicity or gender we all deserve a good educational program for a better future. Also minority students are needed to maintain diverse student population. In most recent class 2002-03 minorities comprise of 37.3% all new students and 23.8% of all new graduate students in Florida. In 2004 we have generated a bigger population of Latino’s in Florida wanting and needing higher education. Now starting a New Year Latino’s need to continue to excel in higher education program, therefore continue to research on growing. If you have a dream follow it, for anything is possible with acquired time.

Fighting Terrorism With Education

Problem: In many undeveloped Muslim countries education is not widely available to all citizens. Many of the boys and young men in these countries get their education in small religious schools called madrasas that teach a strict fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law to their students. Militant Islamic extremists use these schools as a vehicle for recruiting potential terrorists.

Solution: The citizens in these countries have shown that they are open to new schools being built with funding and assistance provided by western nations. These schools encourage women to participate and teach a well rounded curriculum free of fundamentalist teachings. The resulting improvement in literacy and understanding of the outside world creates a more moderate point of view, and reduces poverty and overpopulation.

Every year hundreds of wealthy Westerners flock to the Himalayan Mountains in Asia hoping to conquer some of the World’s most challenging peaks. Most will hire local villagers to guide them to the summit and to carry their gear along the way. These villagers do the lion’s share of the work for what usually amounts to pennies.

In 1993 American climber Greg Mortonsen decided to attempt to summit the notorious K2 in Pakistan, one of the World’s highest and most dangerous peaks. While Mortonsen did not make it to the summit he did learn a great deal about living conditions in this wild and remote region. Mortonsen had become separated from his group on the descent and ended up stumbling down the mountain exhausted and disoriented, and without shelter, food or water. Fortunately, he managed to wander into a tiny mountain village where he was taken care of by the locals until he could regain his strength. As he recovered from his climb he was shocked to see the rampant poverty and high infant mortality rates (over 30%) common to villages in this area.

When he realized that literacy had only been achieved by less than 3% of the inhabitants Mortonsen saw how he could most effectively give back to the people who had been so kind to him in his hour of need. Mortonsen felt that education was the key to lowering poverty, reducing infant mortality, and slowing birth rates. He began raising money to help build schools. One of his requirements for building a new school was that it had to allow women to attend. Mortonsen realized that educating the women was the key to making progress on poverty, infant mortality, and high birth rates.

Mortonsen was on to something. Studies have shown that in countries where women have received increased education there are consistent results that improve the quality of life in that country. Poverty rates and infant mortality drop substantially as education increases. Economies grow and birthrates drop as more women enter the workforce. Mortonsen understood that poverty and ignorance are the motivating social factors that fuel religious extremism. If he could reduce ignorance and poverty though education; especially education for women, then he could reduce the incentive for the religious extremism that is used to recruit terrorists.

When Mortonsen first began raising money he did not get much of a response from the famous and wealthy people he attempted to contact. His best response came from American school children. A group of elementary kids in Wisconsin raised over $600 in pennies to help support his cause. This got the attention of adults who began taking Greg’s mission more seriously, and was the beginning of a program called Pennies for Peace. Today, Pennies for Peace educates American school children about life in other countries and shows them how the pennies they raise can help to make the world a better place for children in other countries. The money these children raise is sent directly to Pakistan and Afghanistan for the building of schools and athletic facilities.

Today Greg Morton presides over the Central Asia Institute. The mission of the Central Asia Institute is: To promote and provide community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Central Asia. This year schools built by Greg Mortonsen and the CAI educated over 20,000 children in the 55 schools that have been built in the last 12 years. Nearly 50% of these students are girls. CAI makes sure than women are afforded access to this education by requiring that the enrollment of girls be increased by 10% each year. The curriculum at CAI schools is focused on math, science and languages. Students from CAI schools averaged 72% on exams to qualify for middle school last year. In comparison the national average in Pakistan is less than 45%. In addition to building schools CAI has also developed over 15 water projects and built four women’s vocational centers.

All too frequently in these regions the only source of aid and support for these villagers comes from Taliban militants or extremist groups funded by money from Saudi Arabia. These groups take full advantage of this dependency to suppress rights for women and herd young men and boys into the madrassas when they can be indoctrinated with extreme fundamentalist ideology, and later by recruited for terrorism. The education provided by the CAI schools offers an alternative to this path, and the opportunity to improve life in these villages without becoming beholden to warlords and religious extremists.

When Mortonsen first began his mission to provide education and assistance to the folks in remote Pakistan and Afghanistan he did not enjoy much support back at home. Even more daunting was the threat posed by the local tribal chieftains and clergy. Several times Mortonsen nearly gave his life for his mission when fatwas were issued for his death by angry mullahs suspicious that he was a spy for the US government. Mortonsen once survived an armed kidnapping by escaping and hiding under a pile of animal carcasses as they were being transported out of town. Even in the face of danger Mortonsen persisted and continued building schools and relationships until his detractors were convinced of the value of his contributions.

Apparently, results speak loudly in these impoverished regions. Saeed Abbas Risvi, the senior Shiite spiritual leader in Pakistan, was so impressed by Mortonsen’s work that he approached the Supreme Council of Ayatollahs in Iran and managed to obtain a very rare letter of recommendation for Mortonsen to help protect him from the local mullahs and clergy. As news of his success traveled home Mortonsen earned the respect of some prominent members of Congress who are now in support of the work of the Central Asia Institute.

There are many lessons to be learned from the success of the Central Asia Institute and the respect Greg Mortonsen has earned from Muslim leaders. One of these is a lesson in economics. Mortonsen has shown that making an investment in reducing poverty and ignorance may be the most cost effective solution to terrorism. He contents that, “If we could have the $1 million for the purchase of one Tomahawk cruise missile dropped on the Taliban converted to education assistance, we could strike a serious blow on terrorism.” Another lesson is that educating women may be the most effective way to combat poverty and ignorance. To quote Mortonsen; “Girls education is a mighty sword in the war on terrorism.” It makes you wonder if much of the money spent on the war on terror might have been better spent on educating women and reducing poverty and ignorance in the places where terrorists are recruited.