Archive for the ‘education’ Category

Designer Degrees

College students, their parents, and the economy are mixing in a way that is causing an important realization to emerge. And that is, there is no one type of post high school educational program that will work for a broad population of students and situations. Different needs, different interests, and different financial resources are generating […]

Of Diamonds, Lamborghinis, and Liberal Arts Degrees

I’ve been thinking about how a broad based liberal education might be viewed in the future – basically, as a luxury. Knowledge stability in many professions, particularly those based on technology, change faster and faster every year. In the past 25 years worth of computer experience, I’ve learned and forgotten a couple dozen computer programming […]

Building to Scale

An obvious effect of increasing the number of people pursuing higher education is the increased the stress on resources available to the institutions providing higher education. Expanding physical classroom space in light of current economic conditions is probably untenable. Building materials and labor costs are high and if there isn’t space on campus then there […]

A Liberal Arts Education and Asperger’s Syndrome

In a conversation focused on the value of a liberal arts education in today’s economic and social climate, a classmate took the following position: The problem lies in the social aspect of non-traditional schools and an example of this would be the Colorado School of Mines. Mines is a very tough engineering school that focuses […]

Forward to the Past

Medieval university, from Wikipedia: Initially medieval universities did not have a campus. Classes were taught wherever space was available, such as churches and homes. A university was not a physical space but a collection of individuals banded together as an universitas. Virtual Universities – the new midieval. Who knew?

Dot Com 2.0: The Revenge

Interesting article: A Boom Time for Education Start-Ups The dollar amounts mentioned in this article are impressive. The growth even more so. But what is particularly interesting is the formula. Start with a large bowl of fresh Internet Add 10 years of Moore’s Law seasoned hardware advances (broadband, wifi, “stuff in the cloud”) Add millions […]

Vicarious Learning Assignment

If you’re of the opinion password protecting your smartphone (or dumb phone, for that matter) is a nuisance, go read this article: Most Finders of Lost Smartphones Are Snoops These are pretty compelling statistics in favor or securing your smartphone. And this experiment only involved smartphones that were “lost”. It is a safe assumption that […]

Donation Supported Online Education Opportunity From Hillsdale College

Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution Hillsdale has an outstanding reputation for topics such as this. Topics for each of the 10 weeks: Introduction: The American Mind The Declaration of Independence The Problem of Majority Tyranny Separation of Powers: Preventing Tyranny Separation of Powers: Ensuring Good Government Religion, Morality, and Property Crisis […]

A Modest Proposal: Credential Repossession

“Ignorance of a law is no excuse,” a judge might admonish, “for having broken a law.” But apparently, ignorance of the contractual agreements one signs is an excuse for not fulfilling the terms of the contract. For those of us paying taxes, the various financial bailouts of the past several years have left us paying […]

Gone Phishing

“Trust, but verify,” goes the old saying. Fished, no doubt, from the same pool of wisdom that includes “caveat emptor” and a school of other supposedly common sense quips that nobody seems to follow when it counts. When it comes to critters that land in our inboxes, the smart practice would be to “Distrust until […]