Friday, January 19, 2007
It only takes a few years to start reminiscing about college, to begin wishing you'd done so much more. Only two years out, I'm already regretting all of the classes I didn't take, all of the students I didn't meet (because, seriously, sometimes in college you learn more from the people there with you than you do from the text books).
So what to do? I'm already big-time in debt to loan people from Millsaps. I've already clunked over more money to a grad. program. I read this article in Time about bringing classrooms into the 21st Century. The article explores all kind of cool aspects of learning in the new more-global, more-techno world, but one thing I found particularly interesting is this site Curriki.
The site has various text books and curriculum online for free. There aren't a lot on there now, but there are 450 courses in the works. Very cool for those like me who are regretting all the things they didn't learn in college (not to mention high school).
Casey, you ever considered distance learning? Mumia Abu-Jamal* and I did the HUX M.A. from California State University-Dominguez Hills; it's fun and relatively inexpensive, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Y'all might have heard of CSUDH--it's where James Lyons transferred after he left Jackson State. Funny story: He transferred while I was in the program, I was taking a theology course through the local Roman Catholic Diocese via Spring Hill College...and his wife was in it, finishing her M.T.S. degree. So I was simultaneously doing an M.A. with James Lyons as my college president, and doing an M.T.S. with his wife as one of my classmates. Cheers, TH * True story. Abu-Jamal did that very degree from prison. And Nelson Mandela actually did two, both from the University of South Africa (which is very inexpensive, welcomes U.S. students, requires no residency, and has 100,000 correspondence students from all over the world).
- Tom Head
Er, here's the corrected URL for that HUX M.A. Cheers, TH
- Tom Head