Free Online Tertiary Education

  1. Open Yale Courses (free and open access to a selection of introductory courses)
  2. Stanford’s Open Classroom (Full courses. Short Videos. Free for everyone)
  3. MITOpenCourseWare (Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds)
  4. Udacity (a totally new kind of learning experience)
  5. edX (The Future of Online Education: For anyone, anywhere, anytime)
  6. Class Central (A complete list of free online courses offered by Stanford, Coursera, edX and Udacity)
  7. FreeVideoLectures (Bringing Free Education to All)
  8. Education Portal Academy (Earn Real College Credit You Can Transfer)
  9. Diploma Guide (Free Online Courses by Subject)
  10. Open Learning (Inspire your students and foster their creativity)

2012-10-01: Thanks to TheEdRev blog for new links! Seriously now, once you have an Internet connection with sizable bandwidth, you can educate yourself at your own pace in a wide variety of subjects.

  1. MRUniversity (An Online Education Platform)
  2. Academic Earth (A world-class education at your fingertips)

Twittering Hate

GROUPS: Twitter users, free speech advocates, racists, homophobes

Two sites have begun to post public and distasteful twitter feeds from students at US universities. One is OSU Haters for Ohio State University and the other is UNL Haters for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The twittered thoughts are quite informative and include mostly anti-East and South Asian comments with occasional anti-African and homophobic comments.

While surely there are East Asians who have very negative feelings towards South Asians and vice versa, at least they are presently smart enough to keep their twitter feeds private or their thoughts to themselves and/or their confidants.

Some other twittered hate incidents:

Swiss footballer Michel Morganella tweeted: “I want to beat up all South Koreans! Bunch of mentally handicapped retards!” This was in response to losing an Olympic game. Not to be outdone, Persons of European Ancestry (PEAs) living in the USA started anti-Japanese tweets about Pearl Harbour after the USA WON a football game over Japan on the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing. Imagine if they had lost the game. English football players of African ancestry have been abused when they did not score goals. Ghanian footballer Emmanuel Frimpong has tweeted the term “Scum Yid” in response to a nasty twitter taunt. Canadian Joel Ward scored the winning goal in an ice hockey match against Boston and an avalanche of “nigger” tweets followed. Barry Petchesky of Deadspin hits the nail on the head when he says:

And it’s not some bullshit about how the anonymity of Twitter encourages people to say things they’d never say in real life—someone who’s go-to insult is “nigger” is the type of person who does say this stuff in real life. Now, because of Twitter, we all get to hear it.

Nigerian John Obi Mikel made a mistake on the football field leading to an equalizer,  racist twitter abuse followed and he closed his twitter account. And to top it off, there’s the Jeremy Lin fiasco. After tweeting negatively about Lin’s manhood or lack thereof (see below), Jason Whitlock was not fired from FOX Sports but instead offered an incoherent sidestepping apology. Given FOX’s anti-Asian legacy (here, here, and here), this is not surprising.

It is to this end that the OSU and UNL Haters sites are positive. They highlight the problem and hold the twits to account which is more than can be said of FOX Sports.

DYNAMICS: Set your account to private or alternatively, don’t use twitter. Keep your racism to yourself and/or your circle of friends. Think before you type, pause and reflect deeply before you press send.

Free Book: Not Out of Africa

Mary Lefkowitz’s ENTIRE book, Not Out of Africa is freely available on archive.org, see left hand pane for available file types.

From the book description:

Not Out of Africa has sparked widespread debate over the teaching of revisionist history in schools and colleges. Was Socrates black? Did Aristotle steal his ideas from the library in Alexandria? Do we owe the underlying tenets of our democratic civilization to the Africans? Mary Lefkowitz explains why politically motivated histories of the ancient world are being written and shows how Afrocentrist claims blatantly contradict the historical evidence. Not Out of Africa is an important book that protects and argues for the necessity of historical truths and standards in cultural education.

Not Out of Africa combines a learned demolition of various politically correct historical fantasies with a thoughtful inquiry into questions of historical method and of academic freedom. Anyone perplexed by multicultural education should read it.

PhD Afrocentrists

GROUPS: Afrocentrists, Scientists.

After initial emails were unsuccessful at eliciting responses, two subsequent emails were sent today to find out where two Afrocentrists obtained their PhDs. They are Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson (psychologist) and Dr. Ivan Van Sertima (African Studies?).

Even if they both have legitimate PhDs, neither seems to have published even one article in their area of expertise in a non-partisan (i.e. non-Afrocentric) peer-reviewed journal.

Perhaps the question that should be asked is: Do Afrocentrists publish in non-partisan peer-reviewed journals and if so, to what degree?

2012-09-26: The organization for Ivan Van Sertima has responded that he has been conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) which is an honorary PhD, from Sojourner-Douglass College (an Afrocentric college). They do however, continue to refer to him as Doctor Van Sertima. He was conferred another DHL from Medgar Evers College according to a Rutgers webpage. Medgar Evers College has an African-American heritage.

Both Sojourner-Douglass College and Medgar Evers College do not offer advanced degrees in archaeology or ancient history. Medgar Evers does not offer any advanced degrees. Sojourner-Douglass only offers two master’s degrees in Applied Social Sciences and Political Campaign Management. Yet they both awarded an honorary PhD to someone for his Afrocentric contribution to archaeology and ancient history.

2013-06-06: Umar R. Abdullah-Johnson obtained his PsyD from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. From a Youtube description: he “received his bachelors and masters degrees from Millersville University of Pennsylvania while studying psychology and political science.”

Open Access Books and Journals

From the InTech site:

InTech is a pioneer and world’s largest multidisciplinary open access publisher of books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. Since 2004, InTech has collaborated with more than 70 000 authors and published 1827 books and 12 journals with the aim of providing free online access to high-quality research and helping leading academics to make their work visible and accessible to diverse new audiences around the world. Our mission is to give all researchers equal opportunity to share ideas, develop their career and for their work to have impact around the world.

It is great to see science being available to the public. Now if only the public knew how to assess science….. Anyway, grab a book or two and happy reading.