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Stacey Simmons
Entrepreneur, problem-solver, rule-breaker, educator, artist.
Interests: Technology, business, horses, art, film, writing
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Stacey Simmons is now following Debnystrom
Apr 13, 2012
By doing so, the institutions who provide the courses are saying to students, "You may be smart, but you're in a different class. You cannot join our club." And so my point of view is that those institutions who cheerfully provide content for the Open Courseware Movement are simply barricading the door and throwing a shiny object to the demanding audience outside. It is a distraction, and it is (currently) not entirely useful. By denying qualified people (meaning those who have completed the work) access to degrees or some other endorsement, institutions are establishing a new educational plutocracy where the "rich" are enabled and embraced, and the middling and lower classes are given scraps by which they might educate themselves so that they can participate, but perhaps not really benefit, and certainly never enter the world of the elite. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Free Education!
Stacey Simmons added a favorite at Free Education!
Feb 19, 2012
This is where the funnel effect starts for students, once admitted, they are all invited into the underclass, and expected to complete their core before transitioning to the upperclass. But the gates to the upperclass are not open, they are competitive, and most students are not prepared for this competition. Completion depends on being able to get students through the last two years of college, and this is why our graduation rates are measured in six year terms, not four. It is the last thirty to forty upperclass credits that take so much time. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Free Education!
Traditionally, a university education was the only route from the third estate to the second. American socio-economics has proven that this social change has it's limits. If the majority of people attend a university, then the entire education enterprise is reduced to skills training. Indeed we have seen this in the U.S. There is practically no job that does not require advanced skills or a bachelor's degree as a minimum qualification. This change has become de rigeur in the last 25 years or so, with skilled but non-degreed jobs (manufacturing) eroding at a much more brisk pace than low-level jobs requiring a degree (administrative assistant). The answer cannot be as simple as "everyone" goes to college, though that would be lovely. Our economy is not set up to support such an enormous investment by most people. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Free Education!
Stacey Simmons is now following The Typepad Team
Feb 12, 2012