Stanford Free Classes – A review from a Stanford Student

Ben Rudolph, Life in the Shell, Jan 05, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post smacks of entitlement and the Chronicle milks it for all it's worth. Writes the student critical of the online classes, "I’m sorry, but if I’m going to have to pay $50,000 a year to go to Stanford then the classes should be tailored to fit the students – not a working professional who wants to learn a little machine learning on the side." Sniff sniff. The Chronicle jumps on board. "Mr. Rudolph took particular exception to the programming exercises, in which the computer automatically informed students whether or not they got 100 percent on the task. "It’s so black and white," he tells Wired Campus. "They have to make it easy enough so everyone can get 100 percent, basically." There's a long discussion over at Hacker News (precisely the interaction this $50K student said he wasn't getting). If you ask me, we should stop pandering to people who can pay high tuition and start thinking about the best way to widely distribute the best learning possible. The Chronicle, naturally, would disagree.
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