Massive On-Line Open Course (MOOC)-Based Higher Education Is A Class-Warfare Scam

Neuro Polar Bear has a post up today mildly criticizing Tom “Suck This” Friedman’s pollyanna column about how MOOC-based higher education is going to “revolutionize” the higher education system.

Here is everything you need to know about MOOC-based education:

The goal of the MOOC (should be “mook”, cause it is designed by the plutocrats for the mooks) frenzy is twofold. First, it is to commoditize higher education, and allow big for-profit corporations to sink their blood funnels into the massive tuition/fees artery. Second, it is to provide cheaper, more uniform higher education to the proles, preparing them for life as corporate drones.

The children of the wealthy will never, ever be subject to MOOC-based education, and the elite institutions they attend–who are perfectly happy to publish some courses on-line for free viewing by the public–will never, ever allow their students to take MOOCs for course credit. (Or if they do, they will be *extremely* restricted in the total number of MOOC credits they allow to count for major and graduation.) These kids are being prepared to be leaders and bosses of the poor mooks who are gonna be subject to MOOCs, so they need real education.

Just like the Tom Friedmans of the world don’t eat cheap greasy fattening nutrient-poor corporate swill at Denny’s, they don’t allow their kids to be subject to shitteasse greasy educational corporate swill like MOOCs.


  1. slc1 says

    JINO Tom Friedman is a fuckken asshole of the highest order. The apparent fact that this clown is considered a leading columnist is proof of how fuckken pathetic the fuckken lame stream fuckken media has become.

  2. Seeing/analyzing says

    My kid took an online Music Appreciation class over the Christmas break because it’s cheaper for the school to have the kids log in to some external website than to have to have the music playing ability in the classroom. It was a complete and utter waste of his time and he learned nothing, but he earned the 3 Humanities credits he needed. Two months after the class ended, he can’t tell me anything he learned.

  3. clamboy says

    Thank you so damn much!!! For months I have been trying to articulate why these courses seemed to be a big scam, but couldn’t find the right words. You’ve done it.

  4. alwayscurious says

    Once upon a time, the university I work at taught (employee training) classes in person:

    * The teacher had the liberty to gloss over sections the class was familiar with–focusing on parts not known
    * I learned the material that pertained most to me
    * I learned the from the questions others asked
    * I met my fellow classmates & we helped each other outside of class
    * I met the teacher & knew he/she could help me when I needed help later

    Now they have standardized presentation videos:

    * They frequently run very short, leaving out complex or specific details–usually the kind I needed
    * I go brain dead as the monotone, controlled pace of the video progresses
    * I cannot benefit from the questions others ask
    * If I have questions, there is an email box to a stranger who is supposed to help

    I am still at my desk; I still have as many social connections as I had before; I wonder if there will be quiz & if hit #1 or #2 on Google will have the correct answer.

  5. DumbDrunkAndRacist says

    My University started putting some of it’s courses and units online years ago, mostly to counter-act the increasing availibility of these online courses (OK mostly for the money). Now they want to put all the courses online.
    Our biggest areas are Engineering, Science and Health. How do we offer these hands-on courses on-line. Will their credits be lower?
    Will future employers be happy with graduates who are MOOCS – no face time, no group work, no practicals, no demos, no labs – or were they even consulted?
    This system is already in place this year. (Can I let you in on a secret. Even though the courses have already started there is still no information on how to deal with lab classees and research. the University has left it up to the various departments. So, thanks, Open Universities).

    So, coming soon to an operating theatre near you … MOOC surgeons

  6. F [nucular nyandrothol] says

    Your false braggadocio sounds…nervous, Professor.

    WTF does that even mean? I see words strung together, but…

    Also, nobody talks that way. Outside of bad comic book dialogue.

  7. Cuttlefish says

    Oh and “mook” is racially offensive. But you knew that.

    Somebody had better tell the dictionary people. Having never heard “mook” used in relation to anything racial, I just checked a half dozen sites, before giving up. Can you support this claim?

  8. Garlic says

    Incredible but true: I’m seeing this page with a banner ad that reads:

    “The Online MBA you probably can’t get into – UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School”

    The obnoxious douchebaggery of this ad is neatly balanced by its fortuitous relevance! :D

  9. Drew says

    Oh and “mook” is racially offensive. But you knew that.

    Somebody had better tell the dictionary people. Having never heard “mook” used in relation to anything racial, I just checked a half dozen sites, before giving up. Can you support this claim?

    After looking this up it appears that mook can be used as a racial slur directed at Chinese people which derives from a kung-fu training dummy “mook jonk”.

    Additional sources suggest that this slur was only ever used in Japan.

    In the US, the word mook has meaning as moron, loser, jackass, arsehole: someone in a story who is insignificant to the plot (usually associated with the antagonist, a henchman or goon), etc, but doesn’t appear to have ever been associated with use as a racial slur.

    Because of its use in movies toward insignificant characters associated with organized crime (henchmen who end up as cannon fodder), some people think it’s supposed to be a slur directed at Italians.

  10. April says

    Pithy and to the point! You are quite right about the class implications of all this…moocs for the mooks indeed. The food analogy is delicious.


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