You make some really interesting points here. Internet courses provide significant opportunities for accelerated learning, as well as giving kids who may have struggled in high school a second chance at gaining some college general education credits in order to gain admittance a university.
However, there are three problems with completely abandoning our current college system:
- For-profit online colleges have been a breeding ground for scandals and scams.
- The vast majority of people need the security, structure and imposed direction of traditional brick and mortar schools in order to function. There is a reason only 14% of working age Americans are starting or running a new business — very few of us are self-starters who can tolerate risk and uncertainty.
- For teenagers and young adults, it is imperative to develop social skills, experience completely different perspectives, learn how to work as a team, and be put into situations outside of ones comfort zone. The proximity of a diverse group of people can facilitate unanticipated interactions that may result in life changing transformations. These benefits are impossible in a fully self directed online experience.