Why not free college online – say a college wikipedia, where professors have posted their lectures. Then at the end of the course there’s a system to take a final for $25-50. If you pass you get credits. The test money is split between the professor and wiki.
I think most of the bigger colleges would oppose it because it would challenge their high prices. I think it would be good for those who can’t afford college but deserve it – which means everyone. Then too I would think there would be some professors who want to have the world as their class room – and make royalties on their lectures. The main colleges would protest any accreditation for sure, but part of that would be to protect themselves and their monopoly. In the end it would come down to whether corporations that hired, would recognize it as a degree. The net is a real leveler! Education is part of that.
FINAL EXAM; You would pay a fee to take a final either online, or through the mail, Then mail it to the professor or his representative for grading. If you pass you get credit. If you don’t you don’t pass. But let’s go further – why have ‘gotcha’ tests in the first place? Just post the final test online waaaay ahead of time to show the student what he needs to learn in the course. You can still have some leeway there. For example the teacher could list 50 important people in the field. Tell the student you should know all of these. The test will pick 5. Etc.
SCHOOL GETS AN ‘F’
Nobody is talking about the most important thing in education – the desire to learn. IF a school kills the child’s desire to learn the school gets an “F”. If the school helps the child have a life lasting love for learning the school gets an “A”. None of the rest really matters.
MIDDLE AGES LECTURES
When a teacher gets in front of a class and lectures them, that teacher is doing the same thing as the first university teachers of the middle ages did. It’s a learning technique that is about 400 years out of date. Time to bring a revolution to education starting with the end of middle ages type lectures.
[See Musea issue on education reforms for more]