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March 10, 2011 / Brent Sears

Is College Outdated?

Information Storage

I used to love the library.  Walking though the rows of books looking for something good to read was one of my favorite things to do.  Now it feels funny – almost like a memory of how things used to be in my childhood.

Ask anyone under age 15 about a card catalog.  They probably won’t have a clue what one of those is.  For thousands of years libraries were the places to store our books, and books were the places to store our thoughts and ideas.

Then along came the internet: Google, Amazon, mobile phones, cloud computing, and online everything.  Each new day that passes we see more and more information being stored on servers and hard drives.  You can get the latest book as soon as it comes out by pre-ordering on Amazon.  Google has thousands of free books for anyone with a computer and an internet connection.  It is safe to say that the traditional library is in trouble.

But here is the crazy thing.  Did you know that college campuses are built around libraries?  What would a college campus be without one?  Where would you get access to knowledge and the ability to share it?

The internet has become the educational revolution.  The same way it has revolutionized retail, newspapers, television, movie rentals and many more industries.  The problem is that the average student, parent, and employer haven’t caught on yet.  Right now there is no suitable alternative that feels safe enough for people not to invest in the traditional 4-years.  It is a tough time to be a student.  The world has changed, but the educational models haven’t.

Do you think is it risky to do something other than go to college after high school?



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