California’s two year college system in deep trouble

Tony Bates, online learning, distance education resources, Aug 31, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Tony Bates is exactly right: "with the California State University system now outsourcing online learning to Pearson, the destruction of public post-secondary education in California is well on its way. Republicans, China and other economic rivals, and future immigrant workers who will take the jobs of unskilled Californians may rejoice, but it is the people of California who will be hurt the most." The purpose of online learning is not, to my mind, to privatize learning. Quite the opposite: it is to make a public system sustainable and accessible to all. But a failure of imagination (or perhaps deliberate policy) on the part of educational and political leaders is undermining public education and pushing us toward the privatized option.

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