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An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 undergoes preliminary checks on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

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Planes launch and land aboard the super carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

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Travel companies end ties to CVN

Over the last few weeks, uproar ensued as the world realized a number of major companies in the U.S. are associated with the Christian Values Network, a platform that allows online buyers to donate portions of their purchases to nonprofits, including antigay groups.

Change.org and AllOut.org, among other groups, helped push thousands of letters out to some of these companies. Now, six travel companies have ended their ties with CVN. Sandals Resorts, the Westin Hotel Group, Radisson and Country Inns & Suites, Hotels.com, Expedia.com and Avis car rentals are off the list of culprits. From the Advocate:

According to AllOut.org, some of the major nontravel companies to end their partnership with CVN include Apple, Microsoft, REI, Macy’s, Delta Airlines, BBC America, and Wells Fargo. Still, hundreds of other companies and retail outlets are still participating, including Lord & Taylor, Kmart, Target, Koh'ls, Turbo Tax, and Staples.

Woot! This is progress, but we’re not done yet. Keep sending letters and spreading the word about CVN and how there are better ways to donate to productive, non-discriminatory nonprofits. 

The future of education

What is the future of high education? Here are some hints and reflections on what’s happening now:

Peter Thiel, Paypal co-founder, encourage young people to drop out of school and promote entrepreneurship. When everybody talk about a new internet bubble, he thinks there’s a education bubble instead. I can’t agree more on costs and access to education being major problems, but I don’t think stopping school is the right solution.

There was recently a debate on a french TV, with minister of education and students representatives, discussing about education in France. Their conclusion was that diplomas and degrees do not guarantee a good job anymore. Moreover, having several degrees doesn’t necessarily improve your career. It seems to me that the situation changed from ten years ago, when I was told multiple diplomas were the key to success. In brief, France also feel shortcomings in the educational system.

Consider also that the top in-demand jobs today didn’t even exist ten years ago. As the world evolve faster and faster, education has to prepare students for problems that do not exist yet. Most young people will have many jobs in their career, probably in different domains, and this requires continuous learning.

I remember our friends at Netscouade (also French) thinking about how to harness the net instead going to the university. More recently, Bill gates said he believes in Internet for education. With Internet, universities will become more “knowledge hubs” and be less real “physical” places. Furthermore, limits on the number of participants should be reconsidered.

For those interested, have a look at initiatives likes MIT’s OpenCourseWare or Open Yale. They give you free access to lectures and course materials. By opening up, universities get recognition, while students get a glimpse of the offered courses and material to start with.

Universities like Standford or Columbia (CVN) also offer to apply for a degree (partially) abroad/online.

What will happen to degrees, diplomas (or any kind of “certification” that student attended the class and get the skills)? No doubt universities will insist on the differences between free and supervised learnings (they are businesses after all, right?). But how will companies/employers react to it? Will the importance of diplomas fade?

A last point worth mentioning: universities (and probably even more business schools) are not only places to learn, but also places for people to meet. People with similar interests, to launch projects, build companies, and make changes.

Education has to be open, accessible, and social.