What Is a College Degree?

I never put faith for the renewal of education and society in one panacea or solution. However, I do believe that we can engage in a multiplicity of efforts to help bridge the gap present in education. This may be one of many (too many to count) efforts/paths that the varied types socio-economic groups and people in America can try to succeed in life.
However, I caution that power from one area to redistribute into another area. Those efforts typically result in envy ….

Diane Ravitch's blog

Eduardo Porter, a business columnist for the New York Times, writes enthusiastically about a new and inexpensive way to “skip college.”

He writes:

“This week, AT&T and Udacity, the online education company founded by the Stanford professor and former Google engineering whiz Sebastian Thrun, announced something meant to be very small: the “NanoDegree.”

“At first blush, it doesn’t appear like much. For $200 a month, it is intended to teach anyone with a mastery of high school math the kind of basic programming skills needed to qualify for an entry-level position at AT&T as a data analyst, iOS applications designer or the like.

“Yet this most basic of efforts may offer more than simply adding an online twist to vocational training. It may finally offer a reasonable shot at harnessing the web to provide effective schooling to the many young Americans for whom college has become a distant, unaffordable dream.”

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