Online education providers and universities are now more than ever astonishingly uninvolved, courses offered to students to students and working professionals seeking to take online classes are abysmal at best and I am of the opinion that they do more harm than good. Let me explain. From the time of Aristotle (teaching Alexander the Great) to Confucius (and his many disciples, like everyone in China) teachers (and providers of classes) had a direct connection and there existed a definite feedback loop that allowed them to see and experience the end result of the stuff they were teaching to students, think about it. When a teacher, back in the day, taught a pupil, in a small town setting let’s say, the teacher was intricately acquainted with how successful or how much of a failure each student became from that teachers work, so their actions were monitored very closely. As the product that they churned out was something they could constantly measure. This live feedback loop not just made teachers aware of the value they were imparting but it allowed teachers to care about students and also change up the syllabus that they were teaching according to what they were seeing. The old way of imparting education allowed for calibration to happen and that is most imperative in a teaching arrangement. I am gonna explain why. Today, Universities and education providers (like Straighterline) offering classes to American students have figured out a very profitable and efficient way to make money, not qualms about that, we are all capitalists that’s fine. But in the process of their mad haste to make money they have decided to lower standards and insulate teachers (and the creators of syllabi) to act and work entirely insulated from the consequences of their actions. Online course provides, professors offering paid online classes and universities engaged in providing online class based degrees are nothing more than a bunch of rent seeking profiteers who have elevated themselves in to a position of being the ultimate ‘rubber stamps’.