My Inc. article today, “Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Google, and a Harvard Expert: Colleges and Universities Are Broken,” begins
Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Google, and a Harvard Expert: Colleges and Universities Are Broken
They aren’t just complaining. They’re offering alternatives.
Malcolm Gladwell couldn’t be more clear in his podcast about a school ranked by some as the number one liberal arts college:
There’s only one solution. If you’re looking at liberal arts colleges, don’t go to Bowdoin. Don’t let your kids go to Bowdoin. Don’t let your friends go to Bowdoin.
Gladwell’s podcast gave the context, about the school’s values. You can rest assured he chose his words deliberately, and other episodes criticized other problems with education today.
Witness Seth Godin’s altMBA’s criticism:
Unlike traditional education, our curriculum is hands-on. More than 75% of your time is spent producing work, meaning that you’ll learn concepts and immediately put them into action.
It continues to contrast with traditional education (my emphasis):
What we truly stand for is the posture of taking responsibility for creating work that matters.
We stand for speaking up, speaking out and listening, too.
We stand for embracing an informal process for growth instead of needing an authorized, accredited piece of paper to prove that you’ve somehow absorbed a bunch of data.
If the altMBA leads to responsibility, work that matters, speaking up, listening, and growth, what does traditional education do?
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