The Big Think

September 6, 2013

Thoughts on Homeschooling

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 8:35 pm

An intuition and an encounter.

Future U

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 11:57 am

What does the college of the future look like?:

“For some colleges, the future includes massive open online courses (MOOCs) that can free up students struggling to balance academics with work and also reach an exponentially greater number of learners. Other institutions reject the digital approach altogether, stressing hands-on experience over more theoretical coursework.

There’s no real suggestion that either online or experiential learning should completely replace the brick-and-mortar campus experience, which still provides students important opportunities for socialization and collaboration. The goal, experts say, is for colleges to blend crucial elements of the campus experience with new approaches, striving to capture the best of both worlds for students increasingly priced out by the cost of a traditional four-year degree.”

This is great news for those recent high school grads who want to fight back against the rising cost of higher education. It’s even better for those of us who just really, really enjoy learning and want to take advantage of the knowledge but don’t necessarily need the piece of paper. Yay technology!

The Future of Design

Filed under: Space,Technology — jasony @ 10:29 am

Wow, very, very cool. h/t Josh:

The Onion

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Politics — jasony @ 10:08 am

: “WASHINGTON—As President Obama continues to push for a plan of limited military intervention in Syria, a new poll of Americans has found that though the nation remains wary over the prospect of becoming involved in another Middle Eastern war, the vast majority of U.S. citizens strongly approve of sending Congress to Syria.”

The Shadow Knows

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:22 am

Maybe a Government That Constantly Violates Rights Is More Rotten Than We Realize:

“Nobody but the Shadow can know what evil lurks in the hearts of men, let alone the shriveled pumps possessed by government officials. The rest of us have to go by their actions. If those actions include vast, suspicionless surveillance of the population and targeting of critical journalists, perhaps a few eyebrows should be raised. Throw in gag orders on people ordered to help the government spy on others. Then stir in the muzzling of defendants to prevent them from talking about the torture they suffered at the hands of government agents. If you’re not backing away slowly, you may be part of the problem.

The point here isn’t that the U.S. government has overstepped a few boundaries. The point is that these repeatedly overstepped boundaries are just now waking us up to what the U.S. government has become.”

This isn’t about any particular administration, per se, but about a monolithic bureaucracy that has metastasized out of the control of the people it is meant to serve. In light of the size, complexity, and proven problems with such a gigantic government, the resistance to calls to scale it back continue to baffle me.

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