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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Reinventing The Liberal Arts: College In One Year For $5

ReinventingTuck Newport, Reinventing the Liberal Arts: College in One Year for $5:

Hardly a week passes without some luminary decrying the exorbitant cost of higher education and the sorry state of the liberal arts. But none of them explain, in detail, how to obtain a liberal arts education better than that offered by colleges and universities–in less than a year and at a fraction of the cost. "Reinventing the Liberal Arts: College in One Year for $5" provides a comprehensive science and humanities curriculum, with key elements field tested at a well-known liberal arts college over the past two decades. It includes an interdisciplinary survey of crucial concepts in physics, geology, molecular biochemistry, neuroscience, history, literature, ethics, politics, language, information technology, and management.

This liberal arts and sciences curriculum also contains internet links to more than 100 relevant world-class video lectures by eminent educators at institutions such as Caltech, Oxford, Stanford and Yale. (Priced at $4.99 instead of $250,000.)

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As the emotionally disturbed hero of Goodwill Hunting said,
"You blew 150k on an education you could have gotten in $1.50 in late fees from the library."

Unless you're a brilliant auto-didact like James Watt, I wouldn't try it.

Posted by: Goodwill Hunting | Jan 4, 2017 11:38:01 AM

$5? Worth a shot. It'd be nice if there were a dead tree version, but ebook will do nicely.

Posted by: JLawson | Jan 4, 2017 11:38:40 AM

What, no math?

Posted by: Rex | Jan 4, 2017 11:39:22 AM

Reminds me of a similar concept from an earlier era: the Harvard Five Foot Shelf of Books. The idea then and now: the content of a top-flight education without the barriers to entry of going to college. Of course, university today isn't so much about knowledge as it is about networking and compiling credentials.

Posted by: Evergreen Dissident | Jan 4, 2017 11:48:21 AM

Cue the "Dem/lib/prog/commie/satanist [sorry for the redundancy]®" outrage machine seeking to shut down this "parasitic, for profit abomination".

Posted by: Jeff H | Jan 4, 2017 1:03:35 PM

Sounds fascinating. Maybe Matt Damon could be a spokesman, although he quoted a price of $1.50.

Posted by: Tom Maguire | Jan 4, 2017 1:32:38 PM
And your local library.

Posted by: DT | Jan 4, 2017 1:52:01 PM

One teensy problem; still missing a teacher or two...

Posted by: Casey | Jan 4, 2017 2:25:11 PM

I know it means I'm an old fart, but I wish there were a book version of this book.

Posted by: Steve Foerster | Jan 4, 2017 5:38:30 PM

And what graduate school admits the graduates?

Posted by: Jame | Jan 4, 2017 7:42:53 PM