People working in the music industry have noticed and have been disappointed by the shrinking number of physical album sales. It was not even fifteen years ago when the world’s biggest boy band sold a million copies in their debut week. Nowadays, it takes several months before a musical act’s new album reaches platinum status. Most now rely on the sales of the singles off of an album. It still is a puzzle to them, though, how a song can sit at the top of the music charts and sell millions of copies while the album the album it is included barely gains a gold certification. Many blame it on the boom of the digital age. And people in the academe have a somewhat similar fear.
First, there was home schooling. It was an ideal option for children who are bullied at school and those who start working in the entertainment industry at a young age. There is not much fear about school buildings becoming abandoned structures in the future. However, with the rise of the digital millennium, more and more adults turn into online education.
They have jobs to juggle to make ends meet. Not only is tertiary and postgraduate education expensive, but it is also time consuming. Adults who want to advance in their chosen field face the boulder that is the master’s degree and, for some, a doctorate. While it is tempting to submit a resignation letter so one can shift his entire focus to education, it is not practical in any way.
Education is a privilege and one that only money can afford. People in the academe, mostly private schools, worry about the small number of students who show up in class. In some cases, sections are cancelled altogether.
However, there is no need to fear online education being the end to traditional education. It is an alternative and a smart one at that.