August 27th, 2013

eurydice james: pepperlandgirl4

Getting educated

In my house, my DVR is never empty. Some shows have a tendency to stack up because we either watch them as a family or it's one of Craig's choices, and his time in front of the TV is limited. That means sometimes we watch things really, really late. It took us a year to watch the House finale. We have the entire last season of Fringe waiting for a marathon watch some weekend. Glee's last few episodes have been waiting for months because just when we were going to watch them, Cory Monteith died.

The shows that stack up the fastest are Colbert and Jon Stewart. That meant last night we were watching an episode of Colbert that originally aired some time in July, with a guest interview by an MIT professor named Anant Agarwal. He was on talking about his online learning opportunities called edX, which offer college courses online for free.

The idea is that education should be spread everywhere as easily as possible. You won't get a degree from this type of class (though you can get certificates of mastery if you want), but you will learn something, from professors from some of the world's best universities.

I am *so* doing this.

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