Category Archives: Education

What Is A MOOC?

In another example of how the Internet is changing our lives, there are currently more than 10,000 college-level courses available online from over 800 universities that are partially or completely free.  They are called MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses, and the idea has exploded over the past six or so years.  Subjects include Computer

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Reaching Autistic Children

There is a lot we don’t know about autism.   I’ve been in classrooms with autistic kids many times and an as clueless as anyone. But every once in a while there’s a breakthrough story that gives us hope.  One such story is Life, Animated, a documentary movie about Ron Suskind and his son Owen.  At

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What Is Really Wrong With Our Education System?

I’m going to make this one simple.  If you want to know what is wrong with our education system, I would recommend Podcast #562, “The Problem We All Live With” which originally aired July 31, 2015 on the National Public Radio program This American Life  (https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live-with). “Right now, all sorts of people are trying to

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Is Free College a Good Idea?

The idea of free college surfaced during the recent election.  Is it a good idea?  It’s generally agreed that college graduates make more money over a lifetime, along with other advantages.  (I Googled “benefits of a college education” and got 373,000 hits.)  But college isn’t for everybody and such programs are very expensive.  So, on

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The Disconnect in College Debt

I’m sure that you’ve been reading about how many people owe debt from their college educations, but here is a quick review.  According to the Lendedu website, more than 43.3 million people owe over $1.35 trillion in student debt.  That averages out to $28,400 per borrower, $16,033 per graduate, and $57, 600 per graduate student 

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