Who Is The Goddess Of Wisdom In Graeme Wood's The Future Of College?

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The Goddess of Wisdom
Graeme Wood’s “The Future of College?” (The Atlantic, September 2014) analyzes a new style of higher education. Woods experienced a new high tech style of higher education developed by Ben Nelson as a replacement for brick and mortar colleges. Nelson’s new age high tech concept for higher education is called the Minerva Project. The Minerva Project is an attempt to maximize student learning in a high tech environment, eliminating all the so called unnecessary aspects of a traditional college and focusing on higher education.
The Minerva Project eliminates extravagant campuses, sports, and tenured professors. It instead offers online learning at a fraction of the cost of traditional liberal arts colleges. Students log
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One concern is that the Minerva Project does not believe in explaining every aspect and assumes students posses basic knowledge of the class. It does not teach the traditional 101 classes and instead dives into the core subject matter from the start. The rationale behind this theory is that there are massive open online courses (MOOC’s) that students can obtain for free to learn the basics. Some of the more known and prominent MOOC’s are Khan Academy, which offers free online tutorials, and Coursera, headed by Stanford computer scientists Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. Also, a concern is that by not having students around professors that are practicing and applying their skills in a research environment could hinder the learning process. Harry R. Lewis, a computer-science professor and also the dean of Harvard’s undergraduate college from 1995 to 2003, believes that having students see the whole process is important to learning. Lewis is quoted saying, “Plutarch said the mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be lit. Part of my worry about these Internet start-ups is it’s not clear they’ll be any good at the fire-lighting
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