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Free Harvard and MIT Education. Private Colleges Will Die.

Written by Gary North on November 7, 2012

Ray Kurzweill invented the technology that reads text and converts it into spoken language.

His article on the revolution in online college education points to the future.

How will some struggling private college with under 1,000 students compete? How will it get parents to shell out $35,000 a year?

The higher education oligopoly is about to get broken.

Take the classes online. Get the degree from an online accredited university for $15,000.

Education is about to change dramatically, says Anant Agarwal, who heads edX, a $60 million MIT-Harvard effort to stream a college education over the Web, free, with plans to teach a billion students, Technology Review reports.

“Massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, offered by new education ventures like edX, Coursera, and Udacity, to name the most prominent (see “The Crisis in Higher Education”) will affect markets so large that their value is difficult to quantify.

A quarter of the American population, 80 million people, is enrolled in K–12 education, college, or graduate school. Direct expenditures by government exceed $800 billion. Add to that figure private education and corporate training.

At edX, Agarwal says, the same three-person team of a professor plus assistants that used to teach analog circuit design to 400 students at MIT now handles 10,000 online and could take a hundred times more.

Coursera, an alliance between Stanford and two dozen other schools, claims that it had 1.5 million students sign up.

Changing the world

The rise of the MOOCs means we can begin thinking about how free, top-quality education could change the world.

Khan’s videos are popular in India, and the MOOC purveyors have found that 60 percent of their sign-ups are self-starters from knowledge-hungry nations like Brazil and China. Nobody knows what a liberal application of high-octane educational propellant might do. Will it supersize innovation globally by knocking away barriers to good instruction? Will frightened governments censor teachers as they have the Web?

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7 thoughts on “Free Harvard and MIT Education. Private Colleges Will Die.

  1. James St. John says:

    You can all ready take any MIT course over the Internet for free. Not an abridged course, the same ones paying students take with all the online interactions, you just don’t get the “diploma”, unless you pay for it, you get a “certificate of completion”.

  2. delmar Jackson says:

    Great article Gary, I think Education and medicine are going to be changed by the internet the way all other industries have . It will startle a lot of people that thought they were untouchable.If I live long enough and the Internet is not destroyed, it will change representative government and politics as well.

  3. Gary you are so full of manure. edX has darn near nothing on its website. And how many of those colleges are accredited and have degrees worth anything.

    Once again Gary you mention education under $15K and once again I ask you to GIVE THE NAMES OF THESE INSTITUTIONS TO INCLUDE THE LAW SCHOOL YOU MENTIONED IN A PREVIOUS POST.

    Gary right now you are bull spewer. So Gary either NAME things or shut the F up. You are teasing things with your articles put you cannot name a single college or university in you articles.

    Gary, from a Combat Marine, Put the F up or shut the F up.
    From a former University Professor, please provide your references.

    You are a cheap tabloid cub reporter kissing the arse of the masses. You have ZERO original thought that you can back up with independent sources.

    Go sell your tabloid journalism to dumbed downed individuals but I am not buying your manure until you give REFERENCES. For a journalist example you might try Economic Collapse dot Com.

    Gary you are so symtomaptic as to why the Republicans lost and why I left that party over 30 years ago. A sad, sad thing for a Combat Veteran to say. Especially a Special Ops one.

  4. Steve, instead of "yelling" at Gary(like a democrat) You apparently have all the answers, thats great we will need them now, so sir, please advise the readers what you would suggest. Starting with how do we get the current students to pay for their tuition, you know the money sent to them through the bank that never made it to schools. Most importantly, explain why each university has increased their tuition 3 fold? I, as a Republican knows – so whats your honest reasoning? and since you are so smart, I am excited to see your figures – you know accountability.

  5. HELL PEOPLE EVERYTHING WILL DIE, WE ARE ON A DEATH MARCH AS WE SPEAK, THOSE OF YOU THAT VOTED THIS POS BACK IN OFFICE WILL BE FOREVER DAMNED!! YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU DESERVE, AND IT WON'T BE PRETTY, YOUR ALL GOING TO BE SCREAMIN FOR YOUR MOMMA'S, YOU TURNED AWAY FROM DECENCY FOR UTTER FILTH, & IMMORALITY!! FOR THIS SICK BASS TURD

  6. Poor education is no help… can't use them. check with someone else!

  7. Gary North wrote a 100-page report on this subject, with all the schools. Gee, a foul-mouthed military man with no manners. You do your occupation proud.