Free College Education, Scale, and Analogies

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Oct 24, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I agree with David Wiley here. You can't just create 'free' spaces at a university and say "this solves the problem of open access to education." As he says, "we need to be able to scale open education to everyone. Even if there were no entrance requirements at all, 100 tuition-free universities will bless some people's lives but will not address the larger problem. And the answer isn't to build more free universities." This is it exactly. And it's why I show such little patience with people who cite "the reality of their current positions." The reality of their current positions is irrelevant. There. I said it. Irrelevant. Irrelevant!
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