the future belongs to those who want to learn

Studying for the sake of studying has always had its dedicated band of followers. Since the time of self-taught Michael Faraday to the modern times it is those that learn for fun who become the main motor of invention and innovation.

This practice is set to become a lot more easier. This is what I read today:

“Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng of Stanford University announced a major expansion in the catalog of free, massive, open online courses being offered by the company they founded, Coursera. The subject areas include computer science, mathematics, and business. The providers include Stanford, Princeton, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. Even more courses are expected to be announced by competitors such as Udacity, MITx, Minerva, and Udemy — perhaps soon. Is this the future of education?”

I’d like to answer that question with a “Yes.” A high education is now neither a right nor a privilege.

Quit quitting. The time is now to learn whatever you want.