There's been a general progression away from incorporating real life experiences into the classroom at an elementary, high school, and university level. As courses move online and traditional classrooms and labs begin to disappear, we need to ask what else we are loosing.
In his blog post, Hirsh elucidates:
The shift offers many advantages, including a wider reach and more a new source of tuition dollars. But several studies have shown that some online students are more likely to drop out than students in traditional classrooms (and, probably far more than students in schools that emphasize experiential learning — as in Hirsh’s floating classroom). The even larger risk, he argues, is that students will increasingly see higher education as a doorway to accreditation, a means to a job. Higher education shouldn’t only lead “to a richer bank balance, but to a richer existence.”
Read the full article here.