Over at UnCollege, they've just posted a new story about education innovations and their scalability. While much of the article is about a new method of learning computer code, a few of the remarks are broadly applicable to any learning, particularly the humanties-type learning I am most focused on:
What has brought projects like the Khan Academy to prominence is that they scale: a single video can be watched by millions of people. While it’s wonderful to give millions of people access to knowledge, I think we should be careful when scaling education. I don’t think you can replace the learning that comes from an intimate five-person discussion about Shakespeare with watching a video from MIT, the Khan Academy, or anywhere else. I don’t care who makes the video, or how great a teacher the person is, having people to support and challenge your ideas is irreplaceable.