This is a sea change in North America. As the author writes, "anyone can go to ModernStates.org, the way they go to Netflix, and choose a college course the way they pick a Netflix movie. There is no charge for the course and no charge for the online textbook that comes with it." Sure, this is a plug by the founder ans CEO of Modern States, and it's for the first year only (still quaintly called 'freshman year' in the article), and there's reason to be sceptical (other such programs tend to add costs one way or another). But more and more, as the concept of a free education is more widely distributed, people will increasingly come to expect it.
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