Minnesota Decides Not to Suck After All, Legalizes Free Online College Courses

That was fast. 

Slate is reporting this evening that one day after the Internet (myself included) lost its collective mind with rage, Minnesota has backed off its announced ban on free online courses like the ones offered by Coursera and Marginal Revolution University.

Here's the new statement from Larry Pogemiller, director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education:

"Obviously, our office encourages lifelong learning and wants Minnesotans to take advantage of educational materials available on the Internet, particularly if they’re free. No Minnesotan should hesitate to take advantage of free, online offerings from Coursera."
He added that the 20-year-old statute in question clearly didn't envision free online classes from accredited universities:
"When the legislature convenes in January, my intent is to work with the Governor and Legislature to appropriately update the statute to meet modern-day circumstances. Until that time, I see no reason for our office to require registration of free, not-for-credit offerings."

Slate's calling it a victory for common sense and a pleasing example of government responsiveness. I agree. Looks like Minnesota is nice after all.

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  • The Late P Brooks||

    Obviously, our office encourages lifelong learning and wants Minnesotans to take advantage of educational materials available on the Internet, particularly if they’re free.

    However, we'll have to find a way to ensure the union gets a piece of the action.

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    Slate's calling it a victory for common sense and a pleasing example of government responsiveness. I agree.

    Then you're both incorrect. When you decide to create a problem, then later decide not to create that problem, it isn't responsiveness. It's government responsiveness in about the same way that a cop not shooting a dog is responsiveness.

  • Blake||

    You forgot the part where the cop assures the dog he won't shoot it while aiming the gun with one hand and holding Snausages in the other.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Golly, THINK: thanks for the "permission" you fucking tight-assed MN NannyNazis. THEY STILL SUCK for even thinking you can only do this thing with their permission!

  • Aresen||

    Turn on the lights and the cockroaches scuttle for cover.

  • Pound. Head. On. Desk.||

    Cryin' "Amen, Brother Arensen, and pass the rat poison!"

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    More often than not, government's intrusiveness and reach is the result of citizens not actually knowing what's going on beyond generalities.

    A truly democratic government would be far from libertarian -- but it wouldn't be hundreds of thousands of pages of regulations, either.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...my intent is to work with the Governor and Legislature to appropriately update the statute to meet modern-day circumstances.

    That could go either way.

  • Big 'Orra||

    ...my intent is to work with the Governor and Legislature to appropriately update the statute to meet modern-day circumstances.

    Interpretation: We haven't found a way to take away this little loophole of freedom but will correct our error ASAP!

  • Pro Libertate||

    So the counsel came in, read the news, called the agency and asked them not to add to his litigation budget for 2013 and to ask him next time before making stupid announcements.

  • wakeup||

    PBS is praising the Cuban Revolution? WTF

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    They call that "Friday".

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Get ready for the canonization of St Fidel -- hero of the looting class. That will be a week-long celebration on National Propaganda Network.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Ah, the sweet tears of an apparatchik who's forced to back down from a power-grab. It's a small victory, but hopefully this will slow the fuckers up a bit the next time they decide to try something stupid and evil.

    -jcr

  • Rich||

    "Obviously, our office encourages ... wants Minnesotans to take advantage of educational materials available on the Internet, particularly if they’re free."

    "Obviously"? Nah. Obsequiously? Obnoxiously?

  • The Knuckle||

    Pogemiller is a well known asshat here in The People's Republic of MN.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Moments in H+R history: 45 years ago today the most famous film of STEVE SMITH was made.

  • ||

    needs moar rape

  • General Butt Naked||

    This is why Episiarch gets respect.

    After an encounter with STEVE SMITH, what does he immediately do?

    He doesn't selfishly stop the anal bleeding and seek medical attention, oh no, he instead grabs his 8mm and shoots this historical footage for posterity. That's what he does.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Here's STEVE SMITH making a movie.

  • ||

    I love how he looks back, like "What? You looking to get raped again?"

  • BoscoH||

    Next up, they stop interfering in interstate commerce.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart does not believe Sebastian Vettel can yet be called one of the greats, even if he wins a third straight title.

    "To really show you're one of the greatest, you have to deliver when you haven't got the best machinery."
  • Death Rock and Skull||

    "I see no reason for our office to require registration of free, not-for-credit offerings."

    What if its not free or does offer credits or both? Fuck you.

  • robc||

    Tulpa must be pissed at Minnesota supporting fraud in this way.

  • db||

    Illinois Amtrak Train Reaches 111 mph in Test

    I bet no one signed an order authorizing that...

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "To really show you're one of the greatest, you have to deliver when you haven't got the best machinery."

    This must be why Hamilton jumped from McLaren to Mercedes. Not money.

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    I am interested in reading about more of the similar topics and would like to have further information on Online courses.

  • شات عراقنا||

    thanks

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