Free Education Through Open Courseware Resources
- by karlsie
- Posted on 4 April, 2013
It wasn’t that long ago when Universities supported an open campus. While you still had to pay for formal college credit, anyone interested in sitting in on a class and learning the fundamentals of a course, could. The precept was that education was the most liberating force in your life. It helped you make informed decisions. It increased your awareness of the world around you and the options available to you. It deepened your understanding of other cultures, customs and viewpoints. With an education, you acquired the understanding of applied sciences, the language arts and mathematics.
These values haven’t changed, but in recent years, education has been sold as the most guaranteed way to earn an income. In 1940, fewer than forty percent of the US population had completed a high school education, and less than ten percent had a bachelor’s degree or better. By the 1970’s, the situation had changed radically. Seventy percent of students over aged twenty-five had completed their high school education or more. Twenty percent had completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree. By the year 2009, thirty percent of the population had a bachelor’s degree or better.
As more people opt for higher education as a means of improving their income potential, the qualifications for a job capacity become more fierce. Students who took out loans in the hopes of securing a high paying job from their four year investment into University level courses, find themselves straddled with an enormous debt and few resources for paying it off. They feel cheated. There college education, meant to give them a high income, had been for nothing.
Well, it’s not exactly for nothing. Education is still the greatest liberating force , with dynamics that could potentially change the world. It still gives you the tools to utilize applied sciences and technology. It still maximizes your options and helps you learn to recognize opportunities.
Nor does advanced education have to cost you money. Like the open classroom of the 1970’s, you can now access advanced college courses online. Subversify is proud to link to “Open Courseware”, a site that will allow you to access courses and classes from the Internet. This is advantageous if you are pursuing a degree program, if you have no time to take formal classes but still wish to obtain college credit, for research or just your own private pursuit of knowledge.
States Jasmine Parker, who offered the link: “OnlineCourses.com is an open courseware resource. It is one of the top online courses and classes available on the web. We offer free online courses on the web to any devices of the user’s choice. The site is developed to be mobile optimized, allowing users to take courses anywhere. We present free online courses on the web to any devices of the user’s choice. You can explore the courses, create unique programs and track your progress. We feature courses from institutions such as Yale, MIT, Stanford, and Harvard.”
You will find the link to the open courseware next to our MicMag link, using this logo.
You do not have to log in to browse the contents. We hope our readers and dedicated, scholarly writers will find this a welcome addition to their research data base. Education opens many doors. It’s up to you to walk through them.
Karla Fetrow: With open courseware, you can acquire a college education for free or simply use the resources available for your own research or for personal satisfaction.
In Iran, people don’t go to universities for the education. In fact, they couldn’t care less about “knowledge.” No, they all go to get a degree.
Because an idiot with a degree and no work experience can get a high-paying job in our society, no problem. But the most talented, knowledgeable, hard-working person with no degree has to settle for peon labor at minimum wage.
Sh, there are a lot of people in the US that went solely to Universities to get a higher paying job as well, but the competition has become so fierce, even a four year degree will not guarantee you a good job. The greatest value you can receive from an education is in learning how to apply the knowledge you received from it.
The “unofficial” unemployment rate in Iran is well over 30%, I believe. In rural areas it is probably higher than 40%. And the people who are employed spend their work days doing absolutely nothing. I’m totally serious.
If you happen to have a high paying job in Iran, there’s a 99% chance that you were hand picked for the position by a boss who is your brother, uncle, father, or otherwise a close friend.
It is a well known fact over here that nothing gets done in Iran. The Iranian economy is a huge sham, it’s like the legitimate cover-job of a drug dealer, which is actually quite an accurate analogy considering the Iranian elite control the world supply of opium and heroin.
My estimate is that close to 100% of the Iranian youth of today are college graduates. We’ve got doctors and engineers by the assload. But for some reason, nine out of ten Iranians with a Masters degree in English language can’t speak English at all. And don’t even get me started on computer science majors; a Masters degree in IT from the top institute of technology in Tehran can’t write code half as well as I did when I was 14. I’m willing to bet that a chemical engineer from the best university in Iran won’t be able to extract DMT from plant material. (This is so easy, teenagers are doing it in their parents’ homes.) Suffice to say, the education system in Iran is just a huge embarrassment IMHO. It is absolutely NOT about knowledge, but only about conditioning and behavior modification. It’s about learning to be a moron.
I’m gonna go ahead and extend this to include every other education system on earth.
Taking part in the system and hoping that if you work hard enough you’ll get a high-paying job is a such a middle-class fantasy…You show me one successful person, and I’ll show you a million unsuccessful ones.