MOOCs are not the end of higher education as we know it or the great answer to democratic learning. It’s not even particularly innovative. It is performing innovation in the way that removing our belts at airport security is performing security.

The real innovation will come when elite education can be downloaded without a credit card to a cheap tablet bought at Family Dollar by a kid in rural America who uses it to learn how to apply for college which is still, it turns out, the best bet for the social capital that fuels upward mobility.

(Reblogged from anothergirlontheirt)