The education disruption 2015

The education disruption 2015 adds to the difficulties that confront today’s students.  Students face rising tuition fees and substantial debts by the time they graduate.  The prospects are diminishing that they will find a job that will permit them to pay off those debts after graduation.

The Futurist analyses that dilemma in a blog posting, but he predicts a groundswell of change for the better.

The Education Disruption : 2015

I was not going to write an article, except that this disruption is so imminent that if I wait any longer, this article would no longer be a prediction.  Long-time readers may recall how I have often said that the more overdue a disruption is, the more sudden it is when it finally occurs, and the more off-guard the incumbents are caught.  We are about to see a disruption in one of the most anti-productivity, self-important, and corrupt industries of them all, and not a moment too soon.  High-quality education is about to become more accessible to more people than ever before.


A month prior to that the NY Times discussed the very issue in this article:

Come the Revolution

Palo Alto, Calif.

Andrew Ng is an associate professor of computer science at Stanford, and he has a rather charming way of explaining how the new interactive online education company that he cofounded, Coursera, hopes to revolutionize higher education by allowing students from all over the world to not only hear his lectures, but to do homework assignments, be graded, receive a certificate for completing the course and use that to get a better job or gain admission to a better school….


Re: “Come the Revolution” — From the article:

“In each course, students post questions in an online forum for all to see and then vote questions and answers up and down. “So the most helpful questions bubble to the top and the bad ones get voted down,” Ng said. “With 100,000 students, you can log every single question. It is a huge data mine.”

To “vote questions and answers up and down” is a prescription for the evolution of science along party lines, in accordance with political correctness. It will stifle the scientific method: observation → hypothesis → theory → falsification. True science is not done by consensus.


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