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DailyDirt: Who Cares if You Went To A Good School?

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The field of education seems ripe for disruption -- with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online classes. However, it's difficult to judge the quality of these online programs and compare them to the traditional classroom experience. The conventional wisdom has ranked prestigious universities in roughly the same order for decades, so it'll be interesting to see how online courses and degrees might factor into these lists. Here are just a few interesting links on the quality of higher education. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    out_of_the_blue, Sep 30th, 2013 @ 5:21pm

    The 1% like Mike who went to the Ivy League care.

    If you didn't go to one of those, you are déclassé, simply shut out.

    A high portion go into politics; for example, look up Harvard's "Skull and Bones" secret fraternity -- members include George Bush and John Kerry -- and you'll find an astounding high percentage end up in top offices; in 2004 it was certain that one of their frat boys would become prez. That's not coincidence. The Ivy League is not about what you know, but who you know.

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2013 @ 11:23pm

    Learning is an always will be for me the capacity to acquire knowledge to do something, how you do that is secondary, some may feel the need to get to a good school to leverage that schools name but then it is not really learning that people are after is the prestige.

    The great disruption for education I believe will come when someone comes up with the equivalent of the GUI for learning, we are after all visual creatures we observe, copy and learn.

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