The Future of Education is Free (but not that way)

I’ve never been one who is totally opposed to tuition. I view a basic education as a fundamental human right, but I don’t necessarily agree that a formal higher education is a fundamental human right. The reason being, after high school, I think everyone should have the basic skills needed to learn on their own. Aside from that, a consumer-driven market should exist to help keep Universities to account, and to ensure that those wanting to go to University are committed enough to drop a couple grand. This is all with the caveat that the government picks up the slack for those who are unable to meet financial requirements, as it’s a huge shame when folk that are otherwise capable can’t come on financial grounds.

But what I think is a human right is the ability to access the knowledge required to learn on ones own. This idea has been enshrined in human civilization for years. The library has existed as the fountain of knowledge for years, for this very purpose. If you wanted, or needed to learn it–you could–outside of money.

Fortunately, given the way the web is evolving, with the emergence of more-and-more standards and platforms for sharing and caring, has created a new environment of freedom. Initiatives such as OpenCourseWare, OpenTextbooks, Creative Commons, together under the monkier of “Open Education” have eliminated the transaction costs of an education. Essentially, together, these platforms have turned education into a non-rival good. This is incredibly good news, as now we can mass-export knowledge to those who need or want it, without effort.

This is why I’m really excited for the upcoming Open Education conference being hosted at UBC Robson Square. We as a society are just starting to grow accustom to the idea of giving that which we made away for free (especially important for publicly funded bodies), and I can think of no venture more noble to act that way in than knowledge itself.


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