— Original publication date: August 22, 2016

The future of general education. Boy, is this a hot potato! When you talk to schools you’d think you’re talking about the golden calf of higher education! “Oh–we can’t touch our general education! This is the formative years of a young person.”

You know what? I’m sorry. I don’t buy it; and if that’s what you want to do, that’s fine. I think general education is becoming more and more of a commodity every day. We’re seeing millions of students grinding through it as fast as possible. General education in a traditional campus, a private school where people can afford to pay a lot of money, will never change. That will always be there.

But right now, we’re seeing new technologies. Mobile-first technology powered by adaptive learning, which allows a student the flexibility to get through general education in maybe 15 months. If you’re really smart, you have concentrations within general education, taught online or in the classroom. My preference is a hybrid where you can do it to determine knowledge using adaptive engines to blast through parts of general education. Other parts you sit down in the classroom and it’s very collaborative and you learn communication skills and critical thinking.

But then it has a job concentration, whether it’s software coding, website design, managing software coders, understanding the new economy of the internet where there are 3 million jobs starting at $70,000 a year.

Start looking at general education. Talk to the great people at SignificantSystems. We put together a phenomenal team under our CEO’s leadership, and they’re constantly looking at general education because we think that is a marketing weapon and a ministry outreach for faith-based schools.

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