Category Archives: Lectures

Sebastian Thrun on Flipping the Classroom

In this video, Sebastian Thrun speaks out about why he put his Stanford class online.  A must see. A bit of a long winded intro. Skip ahead to 2:20.

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June 11th, 2012: Noah Smith says college isn’t just a signaling method

Here’s a good post by Noah Smith. Economists have dedicated untold numbers of papers to showing that college doesn’t produce useful skills. But I think that this is missing the point; useful skills, which you mostly learn on the job, are … Continue reading

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Education Needs To Be Reinvented Not Reformed

TED talk by Tony Wagner.

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Born to Learn

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Affirmative Action: Michael Sandel and his class at Harvard discuss

If you missed the video leading up to this discussion, watch it here.

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Once Upon a School…

Dave Eggers’ Once Upon a School (TED Feb 2011) Whenever You Are, We’re Already Then

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Michael Sandel on Distributive Justice: What’s a Fair Start?

If you’re interested in philosophy and you haven’t watched these, you should watch the entire series on Youtube.  If you’re just interested in the part about equal access to education, fast forward to 14:15 in this video.

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MOOCs 101

What is a MOOC? MOOC stands for massive open online course, so basically, a MOOC is an online course open to anybody who has access to the internet.  It’s slightly more nuanced than that, so you can read the Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Andrew Delbanco on “What’s right about our colleges”

Delbanco makes three arguments in favor of American colleges: 1. We need college graduates in order to be economically competitive. 2. We need an educated citizenry to maintain our democracy. 3.  College helps you enjoy life by making ‘the inside … Continue reading

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Peter Thiel’s 20 under 20 on 60 Minutes

Peter Thiel tells students to “Think hard about going to college.”  The co-founder of Pay Pal has started a program for young entrepreneurs.  He grants his 20 under 20 $100,000 to skip college and dive straight into business building instead. Watch … Continue reading

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