Widening Wealth Gap

Kellie Woodhouse, Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I come back to this story from time to time because people insist that we (promoters of free and open learning) should be supporting the existing system of higher education. The problem with that premise is that the existing system works mostly to promote itself and to stay true to its real mission: to "reward the inside game, and ensure that the advantages enjoyed in one generation can be passed safely onward to the next." And as we read today, "We expect the trend not to change dramatically until there’s a significant change in the higher education model," said Pranav Sharma, an analyst with Moody’s. "The gap will continue to increase and those who are not well endowed will continue to struggle." So let's change the higher education model.

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