Tweets made by people responding to a the failure of a university President to cancel classes include: Among the Tweets (skipping the most offensive) using the hashtag: “In room with Phyllis Wise, Adolf Hitler and a gun with one bullet. Who do I shoot.” Many tweets played off Wise’s Asian-American status. “Communist China no stop by cold,” for example. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/ne… Wikipedia definition of hate speech: In law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group. The law may identify a protected individual or a protected group by certain characteristics. If these tweets are not even the most offensive I wonder what what said in them. If the President was a member of another minority would there be calls for hate speech codes and laws to be enforced? Should they?
First, MIT and Harvard (practically next door to each other) have over $43B in combined endowment with those numbers increasing by at Least 10% per year. Free stuff like MOOCs is what these well endowed Non-Profit charitable institutions are Supposed to do. Therefore, MOOCs will be long lasting. Secondly, the new President of MIT (Dr. Reif) stated last year that he is enthusiastic about MOOCs because they offer one more option for the students that are currently at MIT or Harvard. Therefore, MOOCs will be around and expanding for a long time to come. What may not happen is for people to get a University granted degree by merely staying home and taking various online courses. There is a need for a community to get together to Learn. Whether that is people on campuses or people working in industry studying together, almost everything that we learn to do, is to assist in cooperative and collaborative endeavors.
Here is a survey which purports to tell you which collge is the best fit. It’s clearly anything but scientific, but I wonder if people actually put any credence into things like this? 21,000 likes on Facebook indicates lots of people have taken this survey. (I have to admit I did too—MIT? Really?) Which College Should You Actually Go To?