Many thanks for sharing your thougths on education, and the challenges for open education!
I was struck by your term of education apartheid.
In Canada, particularly Vancouver, I have witnessed the commodotization and institutionalization of education - whereby in order to to anything, even being a waiter, you need to get a certificate! (in the case of a waiter, it's called Foodsafe). The apprenticeship model, the peer learning model is seemingly out the window.
One of the answers I think is the movement towards "quality education". Educational institutions of the future, will differentiate themselves in terms of quality ~ learner-focused materials,effective learner support, accessibility, teacher-facilitators, openness, community and engagement. THAT would be worth paying for!
On WikiEd, we are exploring how we can improve quality of the learning materials, through a peer review and quality assurance process. Peter Rawsthorne is co-leading the charge.
--Randy Fisher 12:08, 20 September 2008 (UTC)