You can log on today to take a Stanford or MIT computer science course right now. Yet applications to Stanford and MIT are going up, not down, because people don’t go to Stanford or MIT to take the computer science course. They go to Stanford and MIT to get a degree (which demonstrates that they were smart enough to get in and persistent enough to graduate), to make friends and lifelong collaborators and companions, and to go through a battery of experiences that will make them different and presumably more successful people. Online education and technology are doubtless going to change how we learn in the years ahead. Remote learning is inexpensive and brings down the cost of near-universal access. But the conception of education as “content” or even how we learn and absorb specific bodies of knowledge misses many of the key value drivers of educational institutions as they currently function. —
What’s College Good For? | Fast Company | Business Innovation (via infoneer-pulse)
Stories like this make me sick.
It’s about privilege. It’s all about privilege. It’s not just “Smart enough to get in and persistent enough to graduate.” It’s “Smart enough to get in, financially secure enough to be able to afford it.”
And even “Smart enough to get in” is a lie.
Your performance in highschool is what determines your eligibility for college, right? Well, in order to perform well in highschool, you need to have a stable home environment, be safe from physical and emotional abuse, have enough food and enough money, get enough sleep, go to the right highschool, not be bullied, etc.
So yeah, the people who graduate from MIT are smart, and they meet awesome people and have awesome opportunities. But most of them don’t get these things because they have done something to deserve them. They get these things because they were lucky enough to be born with privileges.
Deriding free educational opportunities for missing the key value of educational institutions is the same as telling a poor person that the only way to stop being poor is to have more money.
Sure, it’s true. It’s also obvious and unhelpful.
Getting a free online education doesn’t come with the benefits or respect of a college degree. It still allows you to learn, and to create opportunities for yourself, and to do it all without accumulating crushing debt.
It might not be “The full experience”, but I’ll be damned if it’s not a worthwhile one.
I’m a web developer. I learned how to program online, I got a job through a local professional organization. I make less than I would if I’d graduated from college. I also don’t spend any money repaying loans from my education.
I work part-time, because I chose to. I make $13 an hour. I could probably make more if I went to another company (this is my first job in my field), but I like the flexibility I have at the office. (For example, if I went to a job that paid me more, they’d probably expect me to work longer hours. I’m not about that.)
I bring home more money than all of the college graduates I know. Especially when you consider their student loan debt. $13/hour 32 hours/week is enough for me to live on, while pursuing other goals in my free time. (Furthering my education? Opening a record store?)
College isn’t the only way to be successful. It is one way, and it works for some people. But it isn’t the only way.
It works for people who want a job that you can’t do without a degree (Law, Medical, Education.) It works for people who don’t have to pay for it (Scholarships, Grants, Those born into money.)
It’s not one size fits all. Fuck one size fits all.
Fuck the for-profit educational system. Fuck the system that values money over merit and judges students based on how well they follow orders and respond to disrespectful and unreasonable demands.
Fuck the system that keeps my friends up at night, shaking and screaming and crying and drunk and high and god knows what else because their assignments are due and they aren’t done.
There is merit in an education.
There is merit in making connections with people in your field (and outside of your field).
Colleges are not the only place to do that, and anyone that tells you that they are is either misinformed or malicious.
USS Enterprise Earns New Dock At Smithsonian
“Star Trek’s” original filming model of the USS Enterprise will join the Milestones of Flight exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
Currently displayed at the museum store, the starship will make its move in time for the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek,” which premiered on NBC in September 1966. It’s the first time the museum will include science fiction in the exhibit.
The model’s relocation is part of the museum’s extensive two-year renovation funded by Boeing, which recently donated $30 million to upgrade exhibits and education programs. Content for mobile devices and digital screens will also be a key part of the museum’s refresh.
The rest of the story from 1701news.
I made a trek to the bottom of the gift shop just to see this. (And then I bought a Fisher space-pen. )
Culture may be a public good, but it’s expensive to produce. Creative workers, Taylor writes, are squeezed particularly hard in the digital era. Whereas institutions like record labels and newspapers once made investments in musicians, artists and writers, now most creative types are on their own, making their art without compensation in the hopes it’ll be a hit and they’ll be able to recoup later. The illusion of a level playing field online — that any YouTube artist could be the next Justin Bieber or any bloggers could end up the next Woodward and Bernstein — only increases the pressure on those who don’t have offline advantages. It’s impossible to be a self-made Internet star, Taylor points out, without nondigital essentials like food and shelter. “In online culture, as in off, advantage begets advantage,” she writes. No wonder so many artists are willing to “collaborate” with brands, which are becoming one of their only means of financial support. And so, despite the claims of a new era of openness, persistent social problems like discrimination and economic inequality remain firmly in place. “The new economy,” she says, “was never that novel.” — 'The People's Platform' takes on the digital age of exploitation - latimes.com (via infoneer-pulse)
Amiga Dealer Demo (Education) ▰ Created by Jim Sachs ☯85 | Part of a series of screens and animations displayed at Amiga dealerships
Playlist: the best of the Replacements.
no thank you
GOOD FUCKING BYE TO THAT
Darrell K Sweet, I think.