Open Source Education
Lawrence Lessig waxes eloquent/romantic about the good old days, when libraries helped to level the educational playing field for all comers, rich and poor. A timely post, given the local-library budgetary crisis that the media is just beginning to notice.... But he points to MIT's innovative OpenCourseWare initiative, through which the university is making available -- free of charge --course materials from numerous departments. Similar experiments are underway at Utah State University, Johns Hopkins, and Tufts. Only a matter of time before this really catches on, and an enterprising soul proposes a way to distribute all these teachings.