What if everyone on earth could hook up to the Internet?
Facebook plans to engineer this. Next year, it says, the company will test a drone the size of a 747. It will fly very high, be powered by the sun, be very light, and will carry satellite transmitters for WiFi. By 2020, Facebook expects to have enough of these aloft to let anyone on earth get free WiFi.
Amazon is planning a similar drone program. Google plans to use weather balloons.
Then they will wait for Moore’s law to bring down the price of cheap, solar-powered computers with WiFi cards.
Year by year, the poor will become less poor. They will connect to the Web.
Then education will change. Salman Khan, in 2040, will be teaching maybe 250 million children for free, in their own languages. How? Language translation software.
He will have lots of competitors. Denominations will set up K-college programs for free as evangelism tools. So will businesses.
A dozen people can get up a full K-12 curriculum in 36 months. Trust me on this. The Ron Paul Curriculum is K-11 right now. It began one year ago.
The Southern Baptists could get this up in 12 months, easy. Catholics could do it, too, if the bishops got behind this. It would take a team of three dozen 70-year-old nuns to do this by January 2016. All a nun would need is a WiFi connection, a $15 Screencast-O-Matic account, a $35 lavalier microphone, and a free YouTube account. The only pedagogical tool missing would be the digital equivalent of a ruler for knuckles. (Teachers must adjust to new technologies.)
Christians are not first adopters, but this is coming.
Every ideological movement will have to have its own K-12 program to be taken seriously in 2025. Free K-12 programs will multiply like digital rabbits.
This will offer competition to Third World public school programs in the villages. Entire Third World societies will skip over public schools, which are expensive to run. Online students will have great teachers for free. Who needs barely literate, underpaid, third-rate, government-funded drones as teachers? Human drones, I mean. The high-flying drones will provide free education.
The state will never get in control of these students’ minds. The governments may try to compete. They may offer free online programs, but parents are not fools. What parent would prefer some government online teacher, who is the product of the nation’s third-rate school system, when the parent can get the child’s education from university-educated Westerners in rich nations? Parents know that the University of Backwardistan is not top flight.
All over the world, the clock is ticking on tax-funded education. Free K-12 programs will offer the best educations on earth within two decades. Home schooling is the wave of the future.
Politicians in Germany have passed laws against this. “You are not allowed to choose your children’s educational programs. Your children must be taught by state-licensed, state-funded bureaucrats who were not good enough in college to get into careers that pay decent wages. This is for your children’s good. Trust us. We invented state education.” The German model will be imitated. It will fail. All over the world, it will fail.
Look up. Our deliverance draweth nigh.