Free online education programs designed to make education more democratic might actually work only for the elite, reports The Atlantic.
If you’ve become a true believer in the power of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other “disruptive” web-based programs to break the cost spiral of higher education, you should read an analysis by Scott Carlson and Goldie Blumenstyk titled, “For Whom Is College Being Reinvented?”
They’re not against MOOCs, certificates, and other alternatives to conventional schools for students with solid secondary backgrounds. But they make the excellent point that these appeal most to the families that need them least and are best able to sort out the high-quality programs from the dubious ones…
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