Sunday, January 12, 2014

Education is Priceless

You can take this class for free online.

One book from the course
Many of the courses involve 6-14 hours of work per week; they're 6-week courses. But they're free and they're available at Yale University, although technically in cyberspace.

We all need education. Some of us are morally challenged, for example; taking a course on Morality in Everyday Life might be useful. But to take one of these courses, what kind of prerequisites? None, really; for example, the "Morality" course simply requires the ability to read The Atlantic or the New Yorker. And that's pretty basic.

These aren't just educational opportunities, however; they're challenges which can help us understand more about ourselves and the world around us; each one in its own way.

Here are a few examples from the Coursera Page.

Roman Architecture
Roman Architecture is a course for people who love to travel—in actuality and virtually—to a wide variety of places and we will do that together as we explore the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its vast empire in their ancient and contemporary contexts.(Sign Up)

Moralities of Everyday Life

Moralities of Everyday Life
.  How can we explain kindness and cruelty? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Why do people so often disagree about moral issues? This course explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives.
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Constitutional Law
Constitutional Law.  An introduction to the main themes of the American Constitution—popular sovereignty, separation of powers, federalism, and rights—and to basic techniques of constitutional interpretation.
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Financial Markets
Financial Markets. An overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise.(Sign Up)

"Now we're having a financial revolution... You want to do something? You have to finance it. And it gets complicated, and there's a theory and a method that is part of our civilization."