What Should Online Courses Do With Angry, Suicidal, Oversharing Teenagers?

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If a student threatens to shoot
his classmates (or himself) on the online message board for his
physics class, does that count as a campus threat? ;
That’s just one of the many questions purveyors of massively
open online courses, or MOOCs, are asking themselves. ;
Universities have traditionally been asked to play many roles,
and as the functions of those universities are disaggregated, the
question of who picks up which pieces is a tough one. In truly
massive online courses, like those offered by Coursera, Udacity,
and huge public universities experimenting with online learning,
teachers are not expected to read all the postings in a class
message board. But students still act like students—fighting,
falling in love, chattering about emotional problems, and generally
acting in ways that would be considered inappropriate in other
parts of grown up life.
Inside Higher Ed
talked to some experts:

Scott Plous, a
psychology professor at Wesleyan University, is preparing to teach
more than 70,000 students who signed up for ;his class
through Coursera, one of the popular MOOC providers. Plous, who
worked at a Los Angeles suicide hotline before graduate school, is
now trying to figure out how to monitor the message boards and deal
with students who post hate speech or are threatening violence or
suicide….
Plous is partially counting on self-policing by users, something
he may talk about in his introductory lecture. For instance, if
someone in a remote village in India is talking about suicide,
Plous hopes other users from India can suggest places to go for
help.

But some students (and parents) want more than that. Can online
schools provide traditional student mental health services? Should
they?
One thing I’m looking forward to is a disaggregation of the
babysitting and educating functions performed by schools at all
levels. If parents want someone to step in in loco to keep an eye
on their volatile teenager, why not let them pay for that service
separately?
For all the same reasons that it seems silly to pay someone with
a master’s degree ;$80,000 a year to supervise 5-year-olds at
recess, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to build psychological
supervision into the job of a P.hD. economist trying to impart the
principles of supply and demand to tens, hundreds, or millions of
students. Why not try a model where 18-year-olds who want to get
out the house while they pursue a degree shack up in hostels with
cooks and counselors while getting their intellectual jollies from
an entirely different purveyor? ;
One bonus: Older students who want to enroll will not have to
put up with the meddling of traditional campus institutions.
Via
Tyler Cowen.

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What Should Online Courses Do With Angry, Suicidal, Oversharing Teenagers?

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  1. Divorce is a Rampant Epidemic especially when the government & military (NATO) is behind it!

    I went to a father’s group in Texas (just north of Fort Hood) where some ex-military west pointer gave some real eye-opening comments. He basically said that the current Divorce process, legislation, court system and military is all one scheme that was put into play around the early 1960‘s. It was put in place for the Vietnam War, that’s when the divorces started to sky-rocket across the country (Google statistics). That in addition, it was also designed to be one huge cash-cow to lure greedy lawyers to facilitate and destroy more families on the civilian side to get enough statistics to make it comparable to the military statistics. However the military numbers are still much higher. That is why they then modified the scheme to use on police nationwide to raise the civilian stats as most are ex-military and won’t suspect anything wrong.

    It is designed to send “single” male soldiers without family responsibilities to war and deny ex-wives any long-term financial support that was initially and may still be coming from the military/ pentagon’s money pockets. This is why laws traditionally have been favoring women. Women are lured to divorce partners with both positive and negatives reinforcements. The positive is they get the kids, the house, money in many forms-child support etc thus they benefit in the short term. To the military, the soldiers wives are expendable as are the soldiers and even their children! Simply the less money the military spends on wives, kids, ex-soldiers, the medical bills etc, the more they have for their drones, guns, or bullets. The scheme is very very complicated but based on very slow very subtle psy-ops brainwashing tactics followed by Machiavellian divide and conquer restraining orders. He said that any Freedom of Information request will gradually reveal key pieces of data that when analyzed together with confirm all this. Talking about this among other soldiers would also reveal stuff, so they came up with “leave your family problems at home” and the “zero tolerance” to divorce and get the spouses or soldiers out of the service quickly before they talk and expose the scheme. Many times this leads to actual suicides or apparent “suicides” to silence those that know too much. This is also the reason why the Pentagon does not want to release documents related to divorce. Part of the even bigger Military-Industrial complex. Similar schemes used throughout the world pushed through United Nations facades.

    Basically makes wives and soldier fight and hate each other. The scheme basically exploits women’s emotional traits to spread itself to other victims. The media contributes to the fear mongering and makes things worst. Fear (PTSD etc) makes women fear for their safety or some play the helpless damsel in distress thus they then go pleading to the oh-so-willing authorities who provide them with military issued cookie cutter divorce packets to take to a civilian lawyer. They do this to hide where the process initially starts.

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