Like many of you, I can’t remember the last time I hand-wrote a paper for class. Since my first college course, all the materials were available online. We even interact with our classmates on website discussion boards. But what does this mean for the future of college learning? For the role of the teacher? And for that matter, will the role of government in education change as we continue to personalize education? Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education has an interesting piece on “Why Harvard and Yale Had to Merge”, which illustrates the potential that technology has to disrupt traditional (and outdated) learning. Too often the market for education services is overlooked, but technology has a unique ability to force administrators into a conversation about the current system.
This weekend I attended a conference hosted by Liberty Fund on “Education and Liberty in a Digital Age”. We discussed these questions and many others, and of particular interest to me was the role that each of us students plays in the transformation. We are a generation raised on technology being taught by a generation that is often reluctant to adopt its many benefits. But we can use everything from our voices to our dollars to demand more pro-liberty opportunities inside and outside the classroom. In fact, SFL owes a lot of its growth to the social networking we all take for granted today.
As technology influences students of all ages, we have the opportunity to throw off the regulations that bind us and create an academic environment that is truly about intellectual pursuits. Of course, this freedom can only come with student activism and an entrepreneurial spirit. It is up to our generation to use technology and innovation for liberty. And I am incredibly excited to see what we accomplish.
To continue this conversation on liberty, SFL is also very excited to partner with the Liberty Fund to bring you the first of 3 joint symposia on Exploring the Foundations of a Free Society. The first of these symposia is already being planned: “The Institutions of Liberty” applications are online now and are due in less than two weeks! You can apply to join this amazing opportunity August 5-7th.