In the Age of Virtual Classes and Online Degrees, What is the University Really For? (and What Should It Become?)

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“The features of the modern university designed to train and to measure specialized knowledge production were desirable because they enabled people to be pigeonholed into hierarchical corporate structures. [Eliot’s system] narrowed what counts as aptitude and intelligence, as creativity and ingenuity, to that which can be tested according to standardized metrics.”

“They are trained to value the repeated application of a stabilized method. The only thing that [varies] from course to course and major to major is the type of problem and the appropriate mathematical tools for solving it.”[1]

“Learning stuff [is] less important than learning about oneself. Exploration is not just a whimsical luxury of education; it is a central benefit.”

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