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“It doesn’t seem like our rights are being respected,” he said. “For me, it’s a difficult turning point. I wonder what it is that I’m fighting for. If our basic rights are being violated this way -- what is my purpose?” Congratulations Gunny, you have now officially woke up and smelled the coffee. The Land of the Free, Home of the Brave is now the Land of the Freeloader, Home of the Handout. What we continue to euphemistically call The United States of America is really now The People's Republic of Norte Mexico... and has been for some time. It's time for freedom-loving patriots to embrace "America" as an idea or even a goal rather than a place and look for somewhere less populated with Useful Idiots to make a stand.
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Intellectuals and Race: Part IV

PauvrePapillon Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 4:36 AM
But one percent of so is really good. Right now 90 percent of all students receive their training from educators that are, at best mediocre. With centralized content creation and decentralized content delivery, every student will have the benefit of the one percent (or less) of educators that are truly outstanding. This day is coming and sooner than you might imagine. When it does, every student will have the benefit of the best of the best; and when the course is economics, that will include Professors Williams and Sowell.
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Intellectuals and Race: Part IV

PauvrePapillon Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 4:32 AM
When all human knowledge is put online and made available free to all citizens in an interactive degree-earning format, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell will be among those great minds taken from the very top of the bell curve of all professors, writers, thinkers and doers - the one percent of the one percent - that will provide the content of these courses. Today, we decentralize the content creation and centralize the content delivery. We have it exactly backwards. We reinvent the wheel thousands of times with thousands of lecturers each addressing a few handfuls of students. Eighty percent of those lecturers are, by definition, mediocre. A least 10 percent are downright awful and 10 percent are pretty good.
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Educational Rot

PauvrePapillon Wrote: Mar 17, 2013 11:31 PM
Sooner or later, some nation will give up its attachment to the traditional education model – visualize outside the box for just a moment – and realize that there is an enormous competitive advantage to be gained - as well as a fortune of money to be saved - by undertaking the initial expense to put all human knowledge online and make it available to its citizens in an accredited degree earning format. In less than a year, the United States could be that nation.
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Educational Rot

PauvrePapillon Wrote: Mar 17, 2013 11:31 PM
Then allocate just one percent of the annual budget of the Department of Education to create the United States Academy of Technology; put every course, every major, every bachelor, every masters, every doctorate online for free and let every U.S. citizen learn as much and excel as far and as fast as he or she can. We have the technology, the talent and the dollars available to do this - and do it excellently - right now.
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PauvrePapillon Wrote: Mar 17, 2013 11:31 PM
Not only that… but by using the tools of the information age (interactive charts, graphs, videos, tests, etc), these online courses could be the most interesting, engaging, inspiring and efficient courses ever created. There is simply no comparison between what is now possible versus the 18th Century classroom model. You want to balance these budgets both state and federal? You want a highly educated work force? You want to relieve parents of the burden of paying for college degrees? You want to relieve young families of the burden of tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt?
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PauvrePapillon Wrote: Mar 17, 2013 11:30 PM
For about one percent of the annual budget of the U.S. Department of Education, every U.S. citizen could take any course and earn any degree (bachelors, masters and doctorate) that his or her time, effort and commitment would allow… all without incurring one cent of student loan debt. Not only that… but by centralizing the content creation and decentralizing the content delivery, every U.S. citizen could have the advantage of experiencing the very best lecturers, thinkers and educators from the very best schools - all in the comfort and convenience of his or her own home, office or favorite wireless location.
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PauvrePapillon Wrote: Mar 17, 2013 11:29 PM
Five numbers every American needs to know… Total amount of currently outstanding student loan debt guaranteed by the Federal government: Over $1 trillion Total annual budget of the United States Department of Education: About $100 billion Total amount of capital investment necessary to create an online university-level course starting from scratch: About $200,000 Total number of university level courses (by subject) including all graduate programs: About 5,000 Total one-time investment necessary to put all university level courses online and available for free to every U.S. citizen in an accredited, degree-earning format: $1 billion
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