Our higher education system is, in a word, broken. Tuition rates soar
while many have chosen to return to school to ride out the economic
storm and hopefully come out of it with better opportunities. However,
statistics published recently show that the amount of outstanding
student debt is greater than the total amount of credit card debt in
On the bright side, there are a growing number of online sites that
want you to learn for free, and all you need is the discipline to sit
in front of your computer or tablet and do it.
Granted, you may not be conferred an official diploma, but some sites
are beginning to offer certificates of completion for a small fee. Or
you could forget about the recognition and just satiate your curiosity
for the unknown. After all, “education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire” (Plutarch).