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The cur­rent method of study­ing for a de­gree is in­ef­fi­cient. Stu­dents with whole days off to “think” is par for the course, and brighter stu­dents, it is of­ten mooted, could eas­ily com­plete a de­gree in 18 months, es­pe­cially with on­line, on-de­mand tu­ition. “But would they let you?” asks Ray. “A large part of the typ­i­cal three-year process is that peo­ple who are el­derly in academia in­sist a de­gree takes a cer­tain amount of time be­cause that’s what they had to do. I don’t see that chang­ing soon.” Nor does Ray see much of a revo­lu­tion in the class­room, for younger chil­dren es­pe­cially. “I think that un­der the age of 13 or so, chil­dren learn through re­la­tion­ships with teach­ers and with each other in the class­room, so I’m cer­tain that’s not go­ing to change.”

Noth­ing to see here, then, un­less you were con­sid­er­ing in­vest­ing in a com­pany that promised to hook kids up to iPads and do away with teach­ers.

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