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Internet Is the Future of Learning but Why College is Still Popular?

I believe humans thrive because we have the most developed minds, not the most vigorous strength.

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The internet has connected humanity more than any device before. A man in North Antarctica could sing a happy birthday to his daughter in Brazil by tapping a record button and sending it from the smartphone. With every passing day, the uses of the internet are becoming more and more popular. Some people also argue that the internet is one of the fundamental human rights.

“Just move to the Internet, its great here. We get to live inside where the weather is always awesome.”

— John Green

This new network also eases many difficult tasks, such as facilitating mobile banking or even making a digital currency altogether. Furthermore, the internet has become a trendsetter for the majority of people. Xiaomi, a Chinese phone manufacturer, set a trend by marketing their products only by the internet. And it received massive success without needing to advertise on other platforms.

Because of worldwide connectivity, education transformed itself to become more open to the people. Students nowadays don't need to go to a formal institution to receive tutoring. However, individuals who have educated him/herself using the internet don't have a way to show its expertise to the employer. Yes, they can build a portfolio to showcase their capability. But what about real-life skills such as plumbing?

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Attending college has always been a dilemma to discuss. The cost of going to college is expensive, but is it worth it? People have many reasons to go to college, such as enjoying learning, don't know what to do, or even obligated by their parents. But most people have two common reasons not to attend college: lack of funding and must go to work.

Attending college is not only about paying its tuition. Trying to get a degree means that someone's ability to produce and benefit society as soon as possible is nonexistent. For example, John is an electrician with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He could make more by receiving training from his employer right after graduating from high school rather than college. Following this, there are many problems if someone goes into college without planning for the future.

For this reason, attending community college or union school is much more beneficial for people who want to work. After graduating from one of these institutions, people may receive work from the field they had mastered in college. It is better for production from an economic perspective. But why does the government still promote college more than other alternatives?

The Boon of Attending College

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For this reason, attending community college or union school is much more beneficial for people who want to work. After graduating from one of these institutions, people may receive work from the field they had mastered in college. But why the government still promotes college more than these alternatives?

But, it is a fact that people who attend college are already filtered when applying. Only a person with a certain amount of wealth or higher intellectual can attend the institution. People with a wealthy background tend to receive better education to prepare them for college. And gifted individuals have always been receiving more opportunities than ordinary people.

Hence, people who attend college aren't always better than people who didn't. It is a matter of circumstances, mostly. People with a stable income and happier life tend to have enough time and money to study, and people who aren't as lucky can't bother to have a higher diploma. These people who can't attend college must work to provide needs for themselves.

They Are the Same, Right?

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No, having the expertise and having proof are two different kinds of stuff. As an illustration, laboratory experience won't improve by watching random videos on the internet alone. It needs tutoring by an expert available at higher institutions. As a result, individuals imply two things to the employer by going to college: signalling and human capital.

Signalling means that an individual has a higher ability than other individuals who don't have those signals. For example, having a car is considered more wealthy. Human capital signifies that the skill of a particular person is better than other groups of people. As an example, an engineer is better in machinery than a singer. Individuals who have a degree possess better signalling and human capital for the employer, making them easier to get a job or higher position.

Bob could testify that he has an above-average computing skill, but he has a previous job as a waiter. An employer would still choose Ryan because he has a degree in computational sciences, even though he has never worked before applying. Indeed, a piece of paper known as a diploma legitimizes individuals to brag their abilities to the employer without talking.

The System Will Never Be Fair to Everyone

Ranking another person higher because he has a degree even though he isn't serious when attending college is ridiculous. Yes, this approach regarding attending and not attending college aren't equal in some ways. But the report says that having a degree means a particular individual possesses a certain amount of intellect. But the world prefers a quick and easy way to determine people's talent

"The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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