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The Ties That Used to Bind
The MOOC Fraud

You can’t consume an education; you can only earn it.

Appeared in: Volume 9, Number 3 | Published on: December 19, 2013
Jakub Grygiel is George H.W. Bush Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
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  • johngbarker

    I noticed that “Great Powers” available in an e-book format. Should I not buy it?

  • qet

    I agree wholeheartedly with this analysis and these sentiments, except insofar as MOOC is used for STEM courses. It seems perfectly fitting that a degree in computer science may be earned via a computer. Math, physics, etc. classrooms do not typically engender the intersubjectivity benefits you mention, or at least not enough of them to offset (by themselves) the other potential advantages ro MOOC. But math, computer sciences, etc. are not really what one can rightly call an “education.” They may be more necessary socially nowadays than an “education,” they may possess a higher moral (not to mention economic) virtue than an “education”; none of that makes them an “education.” They are closer to what you allow as fitting subjects for on-line information purveyance (such as installation of equipment). If what is preventing our national economy from soaring once more is a shortage of qualified computer programmers, then I say, MOOC them into existence with all deliberate speed.

  • sjw81

    agree with this essay. right on. however our kids can’t keep showing up. that’s the pint of moods. we can’t afford college any more for our kids. the system is a huge debt bubble that will soon collapse

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