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Educational Rot

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.
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.
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.
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?
American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there's enough blame for all participants to have their fair share. They include students who are hostile and alien to the education process, uninterested parents, teachers and administrators who either are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and politicians who've become handmaidens for teachers unions. There's another education issue that's neither flattering nor comfortable to confront and talk about. That's the low academic preparation of many teachers. That's an issue that must be confronted and dealt with if we're to improve the quality of education. Let's look at...