With the internet, universal access to education is possible, but its potential is hindered by increasingly restrictive copyright laws and incompatible technologies. The Open Education program at Creative Commons works to minimize these barriers, supporting the CC mission through education, advocacy and outreach on using the right licenses and open policies to maximize the benefits of open educational resources (OER) and the return on investment in publicly funded education resources. Our work cuts across all levels of education (primary – secondary – tertiary) and sectors of industry (non-profit – corporate – government). Similarities – in systems or even in ideas – that schools share internationally have led to an increase in international student exchanges. The European Socrates- Erasmus Program 38 facilitates exchanges across European universities. The Soros Foundation 39 provides many opportunities for students from central Asia and eastern Europe. Programs such as the International Baccalaureate have contributed to the internationalization of education. The global campus online, led by American universities, allows free access to class materials and lecture files recorded during the actual classes.
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Thank you so much – I ma so touched by your reaction to my hub. I try very hard to help parents of dyslexic children precisely because I want them to relax and embrace the fact that they have very, very special children. Thank you so much for your endorsement. Enjoy your teaching!
Like everything in America its all about the money and nothing about reality. One false diploma mill making top dollar, eventually cheapens all of them wanting top dollar. At the same time education is becoming a moot point for countless jobs that once boldly claimed having an education was important. Cheap labor and mindless slaves is what they really want in most cases. It is adding up that education is a useless tool that serves no purpose in a job, except for placing us in debt. College is mostly a money machine. Still I think we expect to much and that most schools do well in teaching but perform poorly in managing individual learning. Colleges do poorly in teaching on the other hand because they do not equate my money as having any value in teaching people. When I spend large sums of money I expect to be taught but its very disappointing. Then again all that money is mostly going to someone who never teaches and educators are not profiting by being good teachers.
I think society has stopped valuing education. Overall we seem to value degrees and good grades but not really the effort that goes into earning them. And we don’t value learning for the sake of learning. Finland is one of the top countries educationally because parents put a lot of value on reading and learning. A large percentage of kids are taught to read by their parents before they start school, which puts less pressure on the educational system.
George Bevan is currently the Director of Music at Monkton Combe School. As an organist, choirmaster and teacher, George has led music departments in a variety of schools, teaching music to students mostly aged between 11 and 18, in addition to teaching privately.