The question for this essay sounds very simple: “Online education is bad for society because it puts classroom teachers out of work.” At first glance you say, “Yeah, that’s right. Teachers don’t have work anymore.” But if you look closer, you see more possibilities that may outweigh this fact.
For instance: Someone has to make the information in the online curriculum. That person has to be knowledgeable. In all probability, this person will be a teacher, or someone who could potentially function as a teacher. That replaces one or more of the jobs which would be taken away.
Also, online curriculums are not mainstream. Therefore, the education is not mainstream. In all likelihood, this means that the education will be more complete and far less biased than the run-of-the-mill education which is taught in public schools. In this case the children will be better educated and will produce more economic benefit for society in general by producing more high-skill jobs. (more…)