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Will Ivy Leagues Soon Be the Only Offline Colleges Left?
Could a student get the same liberal arts experience out of an online education than they would on a physical campus? Probably not, says Fareed Zakaria, but that doesn't mean online learning isn't without its many benefits.
Fareed Zakaria has been called “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation” (Esquire). He is the Emmy-nominated host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, a columnist for The Washington Post, and the bestselling author of The Post-American World and The Future of Freedom. He lives in New York City.
Fareed Zakaria: It’s a very interesting question as to whether you can get a liberal education outside the walls of academia. There’s no question you can increasingly get the core academic elements of that education and I think that’s a very powerful piece of it. Whether it’s Khan Academy. Whether it’s Coursera. Whether it’s edX. These are all purveyors of online education. In the case of Coursera and edX, you’re providing the same courses in many cases that you’re able to do. And I think that the interaction, the interactive element will probably get better and better.
What you’re not going to be able to provide is the physical experience of being together with people, the lateral learning, the pure experience, the socialization. Think about all our lives: We all know that people who succeed in life often have very good social skills, have very good political skills. They understand how to read a room, read somebody else, sell to someone. So those qualities might not be as well taught in an entirely online experience.
But I think again the point is that the pricing power of a college will be under significant strain if somebody says look, I wasn’t able to afford to go to College X, but I’ve taken 32 courses with are the number of college courses you need to graduate from that college and they’re from College X, but also from Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and I did pretty well in them. And here are my diplomas, my certificates that I’ve completed those 32 courses. Will you hire me? And when an employer says we’ll hire you because you have the training you need for this job or you have the background you need for this job there goes the pricing model for many colleges. Not the elite colleges. The very elite colleges are selling membership to a private club. But for mostly everybody else, you will have to explain why you’re charging $40,000 a year.
Could a student get the same liberal arts experience out of an online education than they would on a physical campus? Probably not, says Fareed Zakaria, because they would miss out on lateral learning and peer-to-peer experience. Despite this, it is still possible for those educated online to become qualified in the job market. Imagine if the hiring agents of the world began accepting online learning certifications in lieu of college diplomas. This would severely undercut the pricing model for many colleges, explains Zakaria. It would force them to justify their egregious tuition numbers. This is why online learning offers the potential promise of disrupting the current state of affairs and making this better for all kinds of students.
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Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.
- The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
- Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.
- The terms 'education' and 'learning' are often used interchangeably, but there is a cultural connotation to the former that can be limiting. Education naturally links to schooling, which is only one form of learning.
- Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
- Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.
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The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.
- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
- New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
- Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.