A new San Francisco startup, Degreed, is on a mission to “jailbreak the degree” and give learners a new form of academic credentialing - http://tcrn.ch/TS4OTt
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- Some universities give credit for life experience. My husband earned his degree from the University Without Walls at UMass Amherst. He did have to take traditional classes, and write a thesis on his his work and life experience. One of the Williams (tennis) sisters is going there now.Nov 18, 2012
- Congratulations tofor the coverage. Good luck!Nov 18, 2012
- I have to admit, I am humbled at all these responses. I am typically a shy (often low self esteem) person, and I almost never share my past openly like this. I am stunned to have 14 people + me :) Thank you :)
I am delightfully married to who has earned her Masters degree, and I respect anyone willing to go through this process.
My hat is off to anyone who can succeed in the academic system the way it stands now, but I have to agree with . I strongly believe that competition between companies like "Degreed", "Kahn Academy" and "Coursera" ultimately beat our the current (antiquated) system.Nov 18, 2012
- Ed Chi+1It's awesome that you've managed to be successful despite not completing a formal education. There are a number of case studies of people who have managed to do this. Both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are often cited as examples for not completing college but yet extremely successful. I'm sure there are many others. Formal education is designed for linear learning, and clearly it doesn't fit everyone. You're a good reminder to us how we must tailor education to the individual, and not the other way around.Nov 18, 2012
- RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms
This is an amazing video which illustrates a LOT fo the problems associated with the "modern" education system. My wife ( ) has been an educator for almost 20 years, and we both see the flaws, from different perspectives, and each coming to similar conclusion.
Hopefully in the coming decades, systematized education will become less important, and employers will begin looking at the whole person (capable of doing the job) rather than a piece of paper and hoping for the best.
While it is true that professionally, I have accomplished a lot, it is also equally true that I have failed more than I have succeeded. I think my lack of formalized education in my early childhood was a big problem that I am still working to overcome. I would personally never put me in the same category as Gates or Jobs... But thank you for the Ego-boost :)Nov 19, 2012
- That´s not the way to solve that problem. It will fail.Nov 19, 2012