Where is the WalMart of higher ed?

College costs too much. Where is the WalMart of higher education?

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  1. Joshua Sasmor says:

    I left this comment at the original article, but I thought I’d leave it here too:

    I believe that the reason we cannot create a “WalMart of higher education” is that education is not a product. Education is a process and schools are an opportunity (and not the only way) to engage in the process. By looking at education as a commodity, we are looking for another way to cheapen education even further. I think that we need to remember that we are paying for this opportunity when we pay for courses at a college (whether that is a local community college or an Ivy league university) not for a slip of paper.

    If you want a cheap education, get a library card and exert the effort to read all of the books you can. No teacher is required, but you will have to spend quite a bit of time convincing people that you really have learned the material.