Blogger- Anthony Garcia

Empowering Class Change Through Education

by Anthony Garcia

Educational Empowerment

In terms of class change and social conscientiousness, there are many benefits to continued education, and the empowerment that comes from knowledge. Individuals who pursue some form of higher education, whether through traditional colleges or online graduate programs generally earn more money than their peers with high school diplomas, enjoy increased social mobility, and are able to pursue job opportunities in diverse fields. Completing college coursework can also increase self-esteem, and actually decreases the likelihood that an individual will engage in serious substance abuse.

Furthermore, education empowers communities to grow stronger when their members have completed coursework above the high school level. USA Funds highlights have strengthened communities as one of the top benefits of higher education. According to this research, college graduates are more likely than non-graduates to participate in community service activities. After all, they have the skills which allow them to contribute to non-profit organizations

Education helps to increase the overall well-being of our society. Because of the proven value of higher education, both for individuals and society, federal and state governments offer aid programs for students. However, education is often still not affordable for those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and may be discouraged in the culture of poverty.

How does online education factor into this?

A stigma toward online teaching methods and degrees earned online is widespread in the academe. Chances are your online degree will not impress future employers as much as a brick and mortar college with a familiar name. However, even physical colleges are offering an increased number of hybrid and online courses. Many students who choose to pursue online education are doing so to work around a busy work or family schedule. Distance learning can be a really beneficial option for pursuing opportunities for the disabled and those who are unable to move to another location if the college of their choice is far away.

Concern for online programs are still raised because of multiple issues, including lack of face-to face interaction and student accountability, accreditation and quality of online programs, and the extra time needed for instructors to set up a successful online class. These are valid concerns. But online options are helping more and more people become empowered in their education. With online and hybrid courses, students increase the flexibility of their schedule, and often feel more responsible for their own learning than they might in a face to face class. There are also exciting opportunities for using more online resources, and for really engaging a new generation of tech-savvy student with online forums, platforms, and video interaction. For many students and teachers, online learning can be a great way to experiment with the wide variety of communication available through online formats.

Knowledge is power. No matter how you get it. It is power for social contentiousness and healthier citizens. It is the power to become healthier, advance in socioeconomic status, and contribute meaningfully to community. Education online has the potential to help more groups of students who belong to historically disadvantaged groups or who live in economically depressed communities improve their lives. As more and more students improve their own lives, they also improve the lives of those in the communities around them. They participate in their communities and in civic activities, and are prepared to positively impact a struggling economy. Higher education assures a solid grounding for society, and stable futures for individuals of all classes and social groups. Whether a student pursues higher education at a traditional campus, or online, they gain valuable skills that can help better their lives and the lives of those around them.


1.) Convenience – You can do it from pretty much anywhere. No getting dressed, finding parking and sitting in an auditorium.

2.) Motivation- Students learn better when they are self-motivated, and online platforms force students to manage their own time and assignments.

3.) Versatility – Increased availability of free learning tools for students, such as the new school “University of the People.”

4.) Access – Student populations who may not do well in traditional classroom settings can thrive in an online environment

5.) Price –  Many new online platforms are increasingly affordable, a welcome change in higher education.

Anthony Garcia recently completed his graduate education in English Literature. A New Mexico native, he  lives and works in Seattle, Washington. He writes primarily about education, travel, literature, and American culture.