Author Archives: AT

Some thoughts on Coursera

For the last couple of months, we’ve been testing out Coursera. We’ve enrolled in courses like Greek and Roman Mythology, The Affordable Health Care Act, Introduction to Finance, History of the World Since 1300 and a few others. Here are … Continue reading

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More Free Education: Marginal Revolution University

The proliferation of free online education platforms continues. Today Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok (both economics professors at George Mason University) announced the launch of Marginal Revolution University, an online education platform for economics. From their blog: Here are a … Continue reading

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Online education not yet benefiting those who most need it

Kanyi Maqubela surveys the landscape of online education and explores some of the challenges that emerging online educational platforms face. He points out that the current users of many of these platforms are largely the educational elite and not necessarily … Continue reading

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Kids want their parents to be “less stressed”

Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, Byliner) and Phoebe Connelly (Yahoo! News) discuss the goal of parenting in this clip from bloggingheads.tv. The most interesting bit is at the end when Conor talks about a backlash to the “meritocratic ladder.” I wonder … Continue reading

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Another explanation for the higher ed bubble

From StrategyProfs.net. Via Marginal Revolution. “By now, you may be getting sick of reading articles and blog posts about the crisis in higher education. This post is different. It proposes an explanation of why students have been willing to pay more and more for … Continue reading

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Education Needs To Be Reinvented Not Reformed

TED talk by Tony Wagner.

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Student debt: is it too big?

Two posts by professors at the University of Chicago. One by Gary Becker (economist) and one by Richard Posner (jurist, legal theorist and economist). From their joint blog.

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The problem with colleges today – a Columbia professor’s view

Great post by Andrew Delbanco, author of College: What It Was, Is and Should Be.

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A debate: should we ban college football?

Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink, Outliers, The Tipping Point) and Buzz Bissinger (author of Friday Night Lights) debate against Tim Green (Former NFL Defensive End and Football Broadcaster) and Jason Whitlock (FOXSports.com National Columnist). Watch here.

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Interview with founders of Coursera

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