Well, unless you've got some brilliant plan for all those Afghan, Pakistani, and Yemeni civilians to kill themselves...
Uhhh, or the caloric content of the chicken's feed would keep them alive for several days? Amazing what facts people will ignore to get to an end result that makes them comfortable.
They just keep coming! How do they find this post? Do they not read the comments before adding a response?
Please, never stop!
I very much agree. I think the appeal of MOOCs for many people is that they seem democratizing, when really much of the function of higher education is essentially elitist sorting (through networking, or through education being a barrier to the poor or lazy), and it's just too uncomfortable to face up to that. Let's pretend that everyone can have a degree and it will make everyone better off!
Higher education serves one of three purposes:
1. Elite signaling: going to Yale doesn't make you smart, but employers know that Yale generally only admits smart people who accept directions to work hard.
2. Citizenship development: if everyone is going to be able to vote, everyone should be able to understand policy debates.
3. Job training.
MOOCs can't serve any of these purposes, except perhaps partly the last one.
Wasn't someone going to remake that movie? I sure hope that happens, because there are so, so many unnecessary remakes that a truly merited remake would be a breath of fresh air.
Absolutely. Brilliant. Thank you.