Richard F. Miniter has an intriguing article in AmericanThinker.com. Richard believes the advent of the Kindle and the Nook will lead education back to its original methods, namely autodidacticism. In his article, A World Without Schoolteachers, Richard describes personal experiences and references a large body of evidence supporting the fact that home-schooled children routinely out perform their public school rivals in standardized testing as well as national spelling and geography bees.
However, home-schooling isn’t for everyone. If a parent is not available due to work demands, then who will supervise the student? We don’t want to end up with the worst of all possible worlds, one where unsupervised home-schoolers are free to wreak havoc around town. Perhaps a combination of homeschooling and a reduced role of public schooling is what is needed since certain courses, especially math and science require classroom demonstrations and experiments. One thing is certain, distance learning over the internet is having and will continue to have a profound effect on education at all levels. Many top flight universities, such as Harvard and Stanford have published numerous courses on the internet for free.