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April 2010

Washington Journal Q&A with DIY U Author Anya Kamenetz

In this extended question and answer session on C-Span’s Washington Journal, Anya Kamenetz (Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education) discusses the future of higher education. Some combination of free and open courseware (such as the 1900 lectures and course materials available from MIT), along with an instructor- or tutor-guided learning experience, could […]

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WATCH: ABC News: A Generation of Debt

Why has college tuition risen faster than any other good or service since 1978? Can alternative models of higher education fill the donut hole of self-motivated learners who want to get ahead but don’t have the means to pay for college and don’t want to take on massive debt? In this clip from Anya Kamenetz‘s […]

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Raw Milk: Questions and More Questions

By David E. Gumpert This article originally appeared on The Complete Patient. Wisconsin legislation that would allow Grade A dairy farmers to sell raw milk directly from the farm has now passed both houses of the legislature by significant margins. The legislation has all kinds of weaknesses from the viewpoint of Wisconsin dairy producers. By […]

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Robert Kuttner: Dems May Weaken Bank Reform to Get GOP Votes

By Robert Kuttner This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. The financial reform bill now pending in the Senate could be a huge win– for both restraining the excesses of Wall Street and for Democratic progressives — or Senator Chris Dodd could snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. The risk is a […]

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DIY U: The Accreditation Question

In a column today for the online edition of the Washington Post, blogger Ezra Klein wrote a short review of Anya Kamenetz‘s DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education in which he praised innovative approaches to higher education but worried that the accreditation factor would be too important for alternative education […]

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ANNOUNCING: A New Partnership Between Chelsea Green and Northshire Bookstore

Chelsea Green Publishing is embarking on a unique new partnership with a very special local indie: Northire Bookstore. In exchange for a prominent display in the store, Chelsea Green will provide the bookstore with books on consignment. The deal would reduce the wasted energy involved in shipping and returning books, and cut out middlemen remainder […]

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Sy Montgomery: On the Book Tour Trail

Cross-posted on Sy Montgomery’s Amazon author blog.What a great send-off for new books! Last week, just as BIRDOLOGY and KAKAPO RESCUE were published, I visited Washington DC twice—and was astonished and delighted at every turn. The day after BIRDOLOGY came out, I had the great good fortune to appear live on the Diane Rehm Show. […]

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Cap-and-Refund: A New Approach in the Senate To Putting a Price on Carbon

This Earth Day, the fortieth anniversary of the first Earth Day, is the perfect time to recognize our need to reverse course and begin the transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources of energy. The most promising of the climate change legislation proposals being batted around the Senate isn’t the Kerry-Lieberman-Graham bill, but […]

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Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day—Join the March on Washington

Let your voice be heard! On Sunday, April 25, the Earth Day Network is organizing a massive climate rally to show Washington we’re serious about passing meaningful climate change legislation. There will be live music from Sting, The Roots, Willie Colón, celebrity speakers like Avatar director James Cameron, and a free bus to the event. […]

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The Virtual University

The American Prospect (home of best-selling author Robert Kuttner, coincidentally) is running an excerpt adapted from Anya Kamenetz‘s DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. Check out “The Virtual University.” From The American Prospect: For most of the thousand years or so since it was invented, a university education was thought […]

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