Online classes can be enlightening, edifying, and engaging — but they’re not college

This author at The Verge “heads back to school with a seven-week MOOC.”  “The Ancient Greeks” is taught by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, and he is basically the flower of the American university system. His own training is utterly traditional, and top-notch: Michigan, Princeton, Wesleyan, Princeton. He comes from a distinguished Hungarian emigré family. Furthermore, as many a glowing recommendation (complete with chili pepper) on RateMyProfessor.com will attest, listening to the voice of Andrew Szegedy-Maszak is exactly like soaking in a huge stone bath scented with rose petals while being fed grapes and gently serenaded by a distant lute.   Great article to read.