American education is widely criticized in 2013, with reformers pushing agendas in every direction. New online technologies—massively open online courses or MOOCs—have captured special attention and also engendered a great deal of criticism.
Are MOOCs the solution? In a four-part series, we explore the principles underlying education in America and the future of learning.
The push for online learning is bad for literacy and bad for democracy.
We should avoid absolute judgments about MOOCs and assess the mix of possibilities they offer.
We should examine the potential of online learning with an open mind.