Friday, October 26, 2012

The Internet vs. The Classroom (Traditional vs. Online Schooling)

The Internet vs. The Classroom
Written by Constance Clark
October 12, 2012

Welcome to the year 2012. If you live in the United States, your current president is African American; the price of a gallon of gas is around $4.69 and you are still not 100 percent sure if the world is going to end this year or not! As the years go by, our society is constantly changing. Some of us choose to adapt to the new developments but not everyone is so quick to make the switch from their old-fashioned ways to something more progressive, especially when dealing with technology. 

In our culture, discussions about technology are present in daily conversation but not everyone prefers to participate in the current trends of the generation. In such a fast-paced environment, your preference regarding technology can now affect how you decide to approach your education. When applying for classes every semester, students must decide whether to take a class on campus or enroll in an online course. With technology advancing, the innovation and energy put towards improving the scholastic experience should be appreciated but before you sign up for that online course, ask yourself; what would education be without the classroom?

Skills have been taught and handed down from generation to generation. It is what makes a community a community. The hands- on experience of traditional schooling, not only decreases errors made during the learning process but, aids in the gain of social experience, as well. Without instructors and the classroom setting, it is easy to miss out on the essential aspect of education; human contact. So before you sign up for that online course, consider joining a class on campus. Learn from your elders, meet your peers and be a part of the advancement of your community without relying on technology for help. Life starts when you log off.

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