Shane McBryde

Lansing, MI, United States

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Shane McBryde
Posted about 3 years ago
Carvens Lissaint: "Put the financial aid in the bag"
Seriously? Your answer is "if you're really talented"? So, what about the hundreds of thousands of decent people who aren't "really talented"? What about those who simply want to go to school, develop a skill, get a decent job and maybe one day be able to raise a family? Your answer isn't an answer for most people. In fact, it's rather condescending. And there's nothing wrong with pointing out that the system sucks when the system sucks.
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Shane McBryde
Posted about 3 years ago
Carvens Lissaint: "Put the financial aid in the bag"
An answer to the plight: Give equal footing to alternative education organizations. Set up an independent association to provide the necessary testing and awarding of degrees. This will allow anyone the ability to attain an education in whatever way works best for them...whether it be the traditional university experience, online universities, alternatives like Khan Academy and MITx, apprenticeships, on the job training, or just sitting in a library. Universities are not repositories of exclusive or proprietary knowledge. Knowledge exists and is accessible outside of their ivory towers. There are, in fact, many people who are better educated than the average college graduate, but because they didn't PAY to sit in classes and receive a degree, they're thought to be uneducated and basically unemployable. Let's start rewarding actual knowledge. And just think of the explosive innovation in education this would create. And, finally, an education will be accessible for all, no matter their financial, social or geographical standing. We NEED to talk about these alternative.
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Shane McBryde
Posted over 3 years ago
Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?
I think that the K-12 system will change organically from within as more and more parents, teachers, administrators become more demanding of workable solutions...like the concept of flipping the classroom promoted by The Khan Academy. However, fundamental changes to so called "Higher Learning" can only happen from outside the current system. When a for profit organization can simply purchase a struggling private college that has existing accreditation in order to be able to award degrees to their graduates, no matter the quality of education, while Khan Academy (and others), a non-profit organization, lacks this ability, you realize just how much influence the profit motive has in that system. We must put pressure on our elected officials in order to orchestrate this change.
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Shane McBryde
Posted over 3 years ago
Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?
As soon as they change the credentialization process, then yes. Right now it doesn't matter how 'educated' someone is, if they don't have a bought and paid for degree then their knowledge and know-how is almost worthless in the job market. If we had a system in which anyone could seek an education by whatever means worked best for them, whether it be the traditional college experience, online colleges, alternatives like khanacademy.org, apprenticeships, on the job training, or whatever...and a separate credentializing entity that did all the examining and awarding of degrees, then we would all be better served and an education wouldn't have to cost an arm and a leg. It's not as if universities are a repository of exclusive knowledge. A person could potentially sit in a library and become more educated than the typical college graduate. And just think of the potential for innovation across the globe both on and offline this would create.