Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jan 2012 00:14 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Raspberry Pis started being made a couple of days ago, but I was forbidden to tell you about it until signed contracts and receipts for payment had arrived - it's been killing me, especially since I've had tens of you asking me when manufacturing would start every day for the last few weeks. I am not good at keeping secrets." No more secrets to keep, Liz! I can't wait to place my order.
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by sbergman27 on Sun 15th Jan 2012 06:45 UTC in reply to "RE[11]: Subtext"
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"The schools here are broke."

When people recognize that we have a problem regarding education, they immediately look to blame our educational system. Understandable. But I don't buy it.

We are *swimming* in virtually cost free opportunity for both continuing education for adults, and for the education of kids whose schools might have faltered on them.

I'm 48, and further my continuing education every day, using the resources provided at ocw.mit.edu, which is MIT's site for making their teaching materials, often including lecture videos, available to the public free of charge.

Also Yale's excellent line of courses. Standford's. Boston University's. And many lesser known Universities, like the University of Missouri, Kansas City, which has an excellent course on college algebra, which I have found very helpful as an adjunct to the Calculus refresher I'm taking. (I've always needed more drill on factoring polynomials and simplifying expressions. It's so important to being able to finish up after you've done the actual Calculus part.)

MIT has 3 particularly good physics courses available, lectured by Walter Lewin. Yale and Berkeley have complementary Chem 1A and Organic Chemistry courses up.

I'm just highlighting the one's I'm currently availing myself of. Almost any topic you might want to educate yourself upon is available. And increasingly, the courses are *not* dependent upon expensive text books, but are designed to use the custom materials provided by the institution: Lectures. Focused, pertinent PDF handouts. Problem sets. Past exams, with solutions provided either together or separately.

It's all there. Any motivated person could acquire an impressive education even if their local public school burned down and nobody bothered to rebuild it.

The *only* way not to have a proper education, these days, is to not *want* one. And that goes for adults as well as kids. Adults who bemoan the sad state of education without addressing their own continuing education are the height of irony. Ignorance among the children is an impending problem. Ignorance among adults is an acute problem.

I think that the most important thing I have learned is just how much I have forgotten. Hence my decision to lay off cosmology (which is both fascinating and numinous) and review the basics. And work on my math, which I was somehow able to kind of "wing" when I was studying Mech E back in college, rather than really understanding it.

The resources which anyone with an Internet connection has available today are an unimaginably valuable gift.

I realize that I took one line of your post and made a whole long post of my own in response. Apologies. But it is a topic which has weighed upon my mind a great deal, lately.

-Steve

Edited 2012-01-15 06:57 UTC

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