Given his world-class Internet expertise, Greg Gianforte will probably be able to find this post, but in the event he’s too distracted posting No Trespassing signs on public lands, I beg you all not to show him this story, or we will have a new Gianforte education policy in place by next Monday.
Soon Wisconsin’s former senator Ron Johnson offered a brilliant plan to save billions of dollars in higher education: just show videos!
“If you want to teach the Civil War across the country, are you better off having, I don’t know, tens of thousands of history teachers that kind of know the subject, or would you be better off popping in 14 hours of Ken Burns’s Civil War tape and then have those teachers proctor based on that excellent video production already done?” Johnson said. “You keep duplicating that over all these different subject areas.”
Johnson also criticized what he called the “higher education cartel” and said he wanted to know why, if “we’ve got the internet,” there need to be different instructors to teach the same subjects in the first place.
Most people here in Montana are smart enough to know that students learn best with actual teachers and professors in the classroom, but one has to imagine that someone who made many of his millions “taking outsourcing of jobs to new levels” would love the idea of replacing educators with PBS videos and YouTube.
So let’s keep this between us, please?