University of Nothing Archive

The University of Nothing – The Bylaws

I’ve said several times on this blog that the education system is broken and is in desperate need of change. I now think we are finally starting to see the emergence of a new era in education reform. One led by the private sector. The issue I still struggle with is how to balance the intersection, or lack thereof, between cutting edge methods of education …

On the future of education

It will be very different in 10 years.  It is very different now. Pretty soon those backpacks carrying 100 lbs worth of textbooks will be replaced by one, 10.2 oz Amazon Kindle or even your iPod. From Gizmodo: iTunes U will be teaming up with universities and other education establishments to offer a free hosting service for educators. As information continues to become more widespread …

Dear Ambassadors and Respected Representatives of UW-Madison and Education

In the back of my mind I’m always thinking about education and change. Below is an open letter written to some faculty members of my alma-mater about the importance in recognizing that change. (Before reading this letter, please note that I will be making this letter publicly available on my blog. Also, kindly take note of the recipients.) To: Chancellor Carolyn Martin – chancellor@news.wisc.edu To: …

University of Nothing – Part II

My previous post titled University of Nothing, generated a ton of meaningful, insightful, and thoughtful response. J.T O’Donnell of Careerealism.com adds some tremendous value and insight to this subject as she draws some parallels between my post and that of Sir Ken Robinson‘s new book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. In her post: However, I put my money on those who understand …

The University of Nothing

I’m founding a school called the University of Nothing. This is a school that teaches no subject matter directly. Instead, this university will teach you how to learn, and while learning how to learn, you will indirectly learn something else. My past 4 years in college, I’ve learned by a process that I will call cram-sorption learning. Information is given to you (for the most …