Tuesday, September 26, 2006

And I Am The Queen Of Romania

This has been all over the mainstream media lately, so it must be important news: Yale’s putting seven of its lecture courses online, absolutely free.

The 18-month pilot project will provide videos, syllabi and transcripts for seven courses beginning in the 2007 academic year. They include "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Fundamentals of Physics" and “Introduction to Political Philosophy."

None of this counts for credit at Yale or any other school, though some of it’s bound to be interesting. Between libraries and the Internet, however, free access to information is almost taken for granted these days. Why did this get so much attention?
Students at Yale -- one of the nation's most exclusive schools and the alma mater of U.S. President George W. Bush -- can be expected to spend nearly $46,000 for this year's tuition, room and board.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share a vital and central part of the Yale experience with those who, for whatever reason, are not in a position to pursue a Yale education at first hand," Yale President Richard Levin said in a written statement.

Ah, yes. A vital and central part of the Yale experience: Old Testament knowledge found in a specific Yale course. Truly high among the list of motivations students have for spending $46,000 this year.

Look, I’ll probably watch a lecture or two when they come out. Just don’t try to tell me I’m soaking in the benefits of Yalehood by doing so, okay?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Sandy said...

George W. Bush was a Yalie. MIT does this for a whole lot more than seven courses, and you actually have to be smart to go there.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Jesus Kenneth Christ said...

"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share a vital and central part of the Yale experience with those who, for whatever reason, are not in a position to pursue a Yale education at first hand," Yale President Richard Levin said in a written statement.

Sweet. Because studying the dynamics between Moses and Aaron for whatever reason will definitely aid me in my rise to swing shift manager at Denny's. If you're handing 'em out, hand me some marketing or leisure studies, huh?

2:56 PM  
Blogger Timothy said...

Ahh, The Ivy League: making the rest of us giggle and roll our eyes since time immemorial.

1:12 PM  

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