Tag Education

The Mystery of Education

Branding Education I read an interesting piece on the role of information in the choice between branded and generic products. For example, the CVS brand of aspirin costs about a third of the Bayer version. It’s almost the same product.…

Making People

Let me start with a series of claims: Disciplines don’t scale Techniques don’t scale People do scale Depending on your viewpoint, these claims might strike you as tautological or as patently false, but let me illustrate these claims with a…

The Cost of Education

How much should education cost? One answer is: nothing, that knowledge should be free, both as in beer and as in freedom. I think that’s a bad answer, for it only hides the nonzero cost of education — after all, someone has…

Science for school: The Gyanome Project

I have been busy creating several knowledge communities over the past year or so. You might ask what a knowledge community is but that will remain undefined for now. Fortunately, you know a knowledge community when you see it. Gyanome,…

Moocmart

If there was any doubt that MOOC’s and other forms of technology weren’t part of a larger evisceration of academia, here’s some more news: summer homes for star faculty while adjuncts starve on the sidelines. Not very different from Walmart’s…