How to educate yourself online for free

A college degree is the adult version of a macaroni painting your parents put on the fridge. Both are trophies valued most by those who hang it up, but one means taking on debt—lifelong debt, as many people in their 50s are still making student loan payments. The problem has pervaded society to the point where calling it a “student loan crisis” is inaccurate because it affects more than students. The price of education is burying the future under bank notes and sending entire families—not just the students attending college—to the poorhouse. 

Angel On My Shoulder (EDX Remix)
  • Angel On My Shoulder (EDX Remix)
  • Kaskade
  • Angel On My Shoulder

Kaskade - Angel On My Shoulder (EDX Remix)

It’s time you see, the love you give
Is killin me, and I wanna live
This isn’t right - search your soul for light.

So I turned & left, told myself,
I could be as bad as someone else.
But I found it hard, when an angel’s on my right.

But you held my hand,
And took me right back down to hell.
I have an angel on my shoulder,
But a devil in my head.

This sounds 100x better through earphones. Amazing.

This Online Class Wants to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Lots of us have had the same New Year’s resolution for as long as we can remember.  Losing weight, drinking less alcohol, and spending more time with family tend to top New Year’s resolution lists—but they are also among the most commonly broken resolutions. Although about 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only eight percent of us manage to achieve these goals.

Harvard School of Education professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey think we need to use a different approach to change. In their upcoming online EdX course, “Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement,” Kegan and Lahey apply their psychological theory that traditional approaches to making changes can ignore the more complicated underlying reasons people behave the way they do. I spoke with Lahey about why change is so difficult, and how her new course could help people overcome the maladaptive assumptions that are getting in their way.

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EDX - Breathin’ (Extended Vocal Mix)

Steven B. Klinsky’s idea is for students to take foundational courses through the online venture edX that would prepare them for College Board examinations in various subjects. Those who pass enough Advanced Placement or College-Level Examination Program tests conceivably would be able to enter college as sophomores. That would cut the price of a bachelor’s degree by a quarter.

“No one should be shut out of education after high school because of tuition cost or lack of access,” Klinsky said. His goal: “to create at least one universally available and tuition-free path toward high quality education for anyone who seeks it.”

“I’m just trying to make the revolution that’s already going on more accessible to more people,” he said.