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Will virtual reality classes replace traditional education?
Absolutely, but it will not come from the public education sector. It will negate the need for thousands of jobs across the country, jobs of those with powerful unions behind them. Imagine a few facilities with video cameras, teaching their lessons every day as teachers do with their students. They could have one lesson taught by 4 different teachers, using 4 different methods. If you had trouble learning the lesson, you could just view another teaching style.
Why didn’t online video education take over? The difference between the unsatisfactory 2 dimensional online education of today and virtual reality is that a 2D computer screen doesn’t capture your attention, it has a lower perceived value, and it gives you a false perception of scale and distance. When you’re immersed in VR you cannot be easily distracted, as the user’s eyes and ears are under full control. Most people are far less attentive when they’re watching a 2D video as opposed to watching a speaker. The value of an online education is usually seen as lesser to that of an in-person education because you don’t have access to a teacher or a facility, and it doesn’t feel like the same quality of experience as going to school. Virtual reality can make you feel like you’re anywhere in the world, giving the user a ‘Magic School Bus’ kind of experience.
What about making friends? Teachers require that their students sit down, be quiet, and not communicate with others during lessons. This means that socialization is not happening during class time, only during recess and lunch break. To match the socialization value of modern education centers, an alternative social period of at least 1.5 hours could be provided each day. This could be provided by clubs, team sports, and activities.
Parents need to go to work, where will the kids go? A major reason why parents wouldn’t be able to pull their kids out of traditional education is that most people go to work during the day, and they need somewhere to send their kids that gives them a sense of security. This sense of security is fading away with every school shooting and the escalation of violence in general in certain schools. It seems that concentrating our weakest, most cared about, and least emotionally stable members of the population into one building may be inherently unsafe. Decentralizing the student population would be safer and far more sustainable, but they can’t just stay home all day while their parents are at work. There would still be a need for caretakers and facilities, but no longer a need for the expensive educational equipment normally provided, nor would there be a need for these caretakers to be trained educators. Small, private school style facilities would be more efficient for VR education.
How do we all get VR? Isn’t it expensive? No not really, if you have a smartphone you can get basic VR through Google Cardboard. Even if you wanted the best console out there for VR, it would be far cheaper than a year of educational costs.
Resistance is futile, the Opposition is too Strong! The best way for VR education to sneak in it without much resistance would be to offer it as a product to home-schooling parents. They already dedicate the time to teach their kids every day, and could expand upon their own teaching. Our kids are not some commodity meant to fund the jobs of educators. We should not put their jobs above the quality of education, but that tends to be the result of a unionized force controlling the one thing you care about most. These groups will actively suppress any attempt to take their source of revenue by discrediting the value of alternative education by any means necessary. There will likely be an educator angered by my statements here, as I am observing a trend that is likely to reduce the need for their services. More likely though, they’ve tossed my ideas aside as irrelevant, impossible, and ignorant. As long as VR education appears non-threatening to traditional education, proponents of a VR takeover need not worry of resistance. The content must not be marketed as an alternative to traditional education, but it must exceed its educational value.
My Kid Wants to Play Video Games All Day, Aren’t They a Waste of Time? Educational gaming and simulators are becoming very useful, as demonstrated by Assassin’s Creed in their game, Origins, which allows users to take an educational tour through the pyramids. These kind of game features could be expanded upon, potentially turning into games entirely dedicated to education. Games improve engagement with content, and have the potential for far greater information retention. We have a natural competitiveness within us that drives us to want to win, and we like to solve problems. Educational games can take advantage of these drives to trick us into learning.
Finish up here, I’m bored – Major changes don’t happen quickly, and a monumental amount of content would need to be developed before virtual reality could be the primary method of education. There will always be a need for caretakers and educators, but technology must be allowed to improve and replace methods of education that are no longer the most efficient.