A new generation of Masters-granting institutions (increasingly virtual, increasingly using cutting edge and innovative technology, with students of all ages, and both practical and theoretical) are disintermediating the lock-step and self-justifying traditional educational model that is prevalent today (Go to first grade in order to prepare for second grade. Go to high school in order to prepare for college.).
While many commentators inaccurately associate any new programs with some of the first generation online diploma-mills, these new Masters programs are instead role-modeled by such award-winning institutions as:
The practical and psychological impact on most students is still nascent. But K-12 schools are focused on delivering standardized content; undergraduate colleges enjoy having the aura of inevitability and prestige while passing the challenge of being useful onto graduate schools. Both are courting irrelevancy. And in the next decade, the role of this dynamic Masters segment "end game" in freeing up children from the marketing pitch of "the-one-path-to-success" will be utterly transformational.
To some, it may seem odd that the schools that are the most virtual, new, diversely attended, competitive, relevant, accountable to the outside world, and optional are the best. To me, this seems inevitable.