Un-Cool, UC

Shite n’ onions, at this rate we’ll be the University of Phoenix within ten years.  It’s bad enough that instructors are leaned on hard (the company term is more like “encouraged”) to use new-media technology even when it isn’t necessary. (E-mail and my laptop are great, but I don’t need a class blog or Twitter account to teach Walt Whitman.)  Now the University of California has begun signaling its desire to move toward complete digitization.  No more physical classes means more money for the schools (since online classes are cheap to produce, but tuition keeps going up), so who cares if it seriously degrades the education our young people are getting?  Go here for Matthew Yglesias’ thoughts on the fucked-up economic model that is the American public university.


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