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The closing of American academia
, , August 24, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Education was once a path out of poverty, and not a way into it," writes Wolfgang Greller in a Facebook post linking to this commentary. It's a searing indictment of the system. "One American research university offers its PhD students a salary of $1000 per semester for the "opportunity" to design and teach a course for undergraduates, who are each paying about $50,000 in tuition." At a certain point, people begin to notice that the game is rigged.

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