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A Proposal to Write a Book
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Posted on 10/10/2006 1:41:35 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei

A Proposal to Write a Book
"An (Internet) Alternative to College"
Undergraduate College Curriculum of Internet-based Courses for Self-taught Students


I spent four years earning a BA at a fairly good state university back in the early 1950s. Much of what I learned has been forgotten (although I can still recite the first 18 lines of the prologue to the Canterbury Tales). I could have learned (and retained) far more if given a curriculum to follow and access to a good library (and a final comprehensive exam in each subject to keep my nose to the grindstone) instead of the hours spent in classrooms (wishing the class would end). The Alumni Association hasn't forgotten me, though. They found me through the Internet and periodically dun me for money now over fifty years after graduation. Reading about how they're pushing the Islamic agenda, I wouldn't give them a dime.



Now everyone on the Internet has access to practically an inexhaustible source of information. I know there are on-line colleges, but ever these are still fairly expensive. The University of Phoenix is reportedly pretty good and offers a BS in various subjects.

What I am proposing is that Freeper-members (especially those with an higher educational teaching background) join forces to write a book called “An (Internet) Alternative to College.” Each contributor might develop a series of lesson plans in his own discipline (based on Internet resources) as part of a college level curriculum. Those who have already taught for a number of years probably already have lesson plans readily at hand that could serve as starting points for this project. The book would be published like a symposium proceedings where each contributor gets a by-line for his chapter.

Home educated students probably already have the self discipline to work through such a curriculum on their own. Others might work in small groups of five to ten students studying together through email contact. Each could devise questions based on the course curriculum to periodically quiz the others. The groups would have to be large enough so it would continue if one or more dropped out. Periodic essays might be required that would be graded by other members of the study group for factuality, originality, writing style, grammar, etc.

Disciplines covered might include:

English
American Literature
European Literature
World literature
Languages
French I and II
German I and II
Spanish I and II
Italian I and II
Chinese or Japanese I and II
Old English (Anglo-Saxon) I and II
History
Ancient and World History
American
European
Latin American
Oriental
History of Science
History of Art and Architecture
Economics
Macro-econimics I and II (with statistics)
Micro-econimics (with statistics)
Business I and II
Law
Pre-law
Business law
International law
Religion
Mathematics
College Algebra/Geometry
Calculus I and II
Differential Equations
Statistics
Physics
Introductory
Physics II (requires calculus)
Chemistry
Introductory
Advanced
Biochemistry
Biology
Introduction
Advanced
Botany
Zoology
Comparitive anatomy
Human anatomy and physiology
Taxonomy (classical and numerical)
Geology
Geology I and II
Meterology and Hydrology
Historical geology
Geography
Astronomy
Anthropology

Anyone want to add to this list?

Perhaps some preparatory courses should be offered such as:
Touch typing (on a computer)
Rapid reading and comprehension

Comments should not be limited to those with a teaching background. Anyone want to join in this project?


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: college; curriculum; education

1 posted on 10/10/2006 1:41:36 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei
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To: Hiddigeigei

For today's world, add Arabic I and II.
Needs a good Middle East Program that doesn't start at 9/11.
What about Political Science - both US and Interational Affairs.


2 posted on 10/10/2006 1:46:39 PM PDT by carton253 (He who would kill you, get up early and kill him first.)
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To: Hiddigeigei

I suggest a major in Free Republic


3 posted on 10/10/2006 1:46:56 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Expect a lot of democrat poll-smoking between now and 11/7)
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To: Hiddigeigei
I considered for a time writing my own online curriculum for Computer Science, then discarded the idea when I realized how much work it would be...

Still, I am unsure that any company would hire someone based upon studying by themselves in this manner. Not to say the education wouldn't be good enough, but most employers want more than "I know it, just trust me."

4 posted on 10/10/2006 1:50:13 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: Hiddigeigei

No psych department. I love it.


5 posted on 10/10/2006 2:48:46 PM PDT by freespirited (A government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.- Barry Goldwater)
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To: Hiddigeigei

Better get the Constitution in there somewhere (poly sci?)...Fed Papers, soveriengty, 2nd ammendment, etc.


6 posted on 10/10/2006 2:53:40 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: freespirited
No psych department. I love it.
No astrology either.
7 posted on 10/10/2006 2:54:53 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei (One doesn't have to regret the Enlightenment to be a conservative!)
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To: Hiddigeigei
No psych department. I love it.
No astrology either.


What? No wimmins' studies?
8 posted on 10/10/2006 2:59:50 PM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: Kaylee Frye
Still, I am unsure that any company would hire someone based upon studying by themselves in this manner.

I suspect the time is not far off when companies might prefer the self-educated to a product of a liberal college.

Maybe some small accredited college might adopt the program and present those who take it with some sort of degree for a reasonable fee ... perhaps even administer some sort of final exam.
9 posted on 10/10/2006 3:34:12 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei (One doesn't have to regret the Enlightenment to be a conservative!)
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To: A knight without armor
What? No wimmins' studies?

Kind of hard to do the "wimmins' studies" I did as an undergrad with only email connection.
10 posted on 10/10/2006 3:49:56 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei (One doesn't have to regret the Enlightenment to be a conservative!)
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To: stainlessbanner
Better get the Constitution in there somewhere (poly sci?)...Fed Papers, soveriengty, 2nd ammendment, etc.

Should be included in American history ... or perhaps a course in political philosophy.
11 posted on 10/10/2006 3:53:36 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei (One doesn't have to regret the Enlightenment to be a conservative!)
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To: Hiddigeigei

Constitutional Law.


12 posted on 10/10/2006 3:55:43 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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To: Hiddigeigei
Kind of hard to do the "wimmins' studies" I did as an undergrad with only email connection.

I think you'd need BROADband.

13 posted on 10/10/2006 3:56:52 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Dancing through life like a street mime with tourettes syndrome.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Ping!
14 posted on 10/14/2006 4:48:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (North Korea is a rogue and illegal regime. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Hiddigeigei

Various psych courses would be good.

Happy to contribute if this gets very far.

And when I can grabe the time from something else! LOL.


15 posted on 10/14/2006 4:53:53 PM PDT by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: SunkenCiv; Hiddigeigei

I'm not terribly fond of college courses (and their instructors) but I wouldn't advocate freestyling on the internet...


16 posted on 10/14/2006 8:38:45 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: Hiddigeigei; DaveLoneRanger

current issue of US News has a cover story about online learning, actually, it looks like four stories:

Textbooks Enter the Digital Era
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/articles/061008/16books.htm

Some Mets Prospects Take a Swing at a Degree
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/articles/061008/16mets.htm

Three Questions You Should Ask About an E-Learning Program
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/articles/061008/16choose.htm

Two Big Lawsuits Roil the E-Learning Community
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/articles/061008/16board.htm

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/images/global/cover/current_cover.gif


17 posted on 10/15/2006 12:09:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (North Korea is a rogue and illegal regime. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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