Education on the PC
Online education is on the rise.
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Online education is a growing industry in the United States with estimated revenues of $12 billion at a dozen or so for-profit companies that provide primarily online learning.

Here are some facts and statistics:

  • 85% of students who take courses online live in the same region as the campus offering the course.
  • Of more than 18 million U.S. college students, 3.9 million were enrolled in at least one online college course in fall 2007, an increase of 13% from 2006. Traditional on-campus enrolment increased 1% over that period.
  • 15% of kindergarten through high school students may be educated online by 2011, up from 4% in 2006.
  • 87% of children aged 12 to 17 use the Internet. Two-thirds of nursery school children use computers. Just about every U.S. school is connected to the Internet.
  • 40% of U.S. high schools do not offer any advanced placement courses, many serving low-income, minority students.
  • 44% of U.S. high school students studied a foreign language in 2002 (it is compulsory in EU and elsewhere).
  • 70% of public high school students graduate. Two-thirds of graduates are seen as unprepared for college.
  • 47% of drop-outs said a major reason for leaving school was "classes were not interesting" and they were "bored." 88% of drop-outs had passing grades.

How do you feel about online education? Do you still prefer a human teacher?

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