City Journal: Allison Schrager on "The Post-Pandemic University." An excerpt:
We often assume that disruptive technology threatens human agency, but that’s a misconception. The first Industrial Revolution made goods such as mass-produced cloth cheaper and more accessible, but high-quality, handmade garments still had a place in the luxury market. Technology today is doing something similar for services, including education—asking students to pay a premium for high-touch, in-person teaching, while offering them a discount for remote classes. This was already the trend, even if universities resisted it. The pandemic will accelerate progress toward a more customizable and affordable system of higher education.