Are Colleges and Universities About to be Schooled?

  1. Claire Fracker says:

    Great article and certainly does make a person ponder on which avenue is the best benefit to our youth when seeking education to help them not only attain the required skills but also to start a career without a huge financial debt hanging over their heads.

  2. Lorraine Bukowski says:

    My son and daughter both studied theater in college, and I’m guessing Google won’t have a certificate for that. And between my daughter’s classmates and instructors, she graduated with a network that helped her start working right away. My two also learned to fend for themselves while away at college. Yet, they both have astronomical school loans, as do most of their friends. Google’s certificate program probably will appeal to many people for that reason. At least it gives young people an option to focus on developing the skills they will need for their field of choice without having to take required courses in other subjects, and they can start on their chosen careers sooner.

    • Chuck says:

      Thanks Lorraine. I will leave it to more creative minds than mine to decipher a way to do theater via online learning. Your son and daughter have made you proud, cost notwithstanding. Appreicate you weighing in.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sadly, the on-campus college experience is certainly being tested at the moment. Hopefully we reach a point where we get the benefits from both learning paths. Google’s initiative is impressive and a great opportunity to develop new skills for younger and older workers. Like myself, many of my friends were unaware of Google’s program. Thanks for shedding light on this Chuck, great article!  

  4. Joanne Duguay says:

    There is certainly a lot of food for thought here. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I missed this bit of new information on education, but I will use our fabulous summer as my excuse for having stepped back from the daily barrage of news in this new Pandemic age in which we are living. The Pandemic has brought about change and will continue to do so, in every sector of our society, from the social, to cultural, to environmental, and absolutely, educational. Is change good? Is this model the change needed? As a retired educator, I am still a firm believer in the current model of university/college after high school. In Canada, fortunately, our public universities, while not inexpensive, are nontheless affordable. Does Google need to have its hand in every single facet of our lives? I am sceptical, honestly. I appreciate learning of this “new venture” and will follow its progress, while hoping that what Google is proposing and/implementing, WILL first and foremost, be a much needed wake-up to our all our institutions of higher learning, that THEY need to look at how they can do better.

  5. Chuck says:

    Joanne, thank you. You are right about the afforability factor in Canada. And i appreiciate your comment about the all – pervasiveness of mother Google. So true !

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