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Changing the world through education

Nick Myers | Monday, November 28, 2011

Greetings Fr. Jenkins,

I have a very interesting proposition for you. This could change the world as we know it. What if you could offer a Notre Dame education to every person on the planet? Intrigued? This would not have been possible at any time in history until this decade. I realized that our professors work very hard to give our students the best education possible. Well, this energy is expended every single year. Much of it is just repeated the next year, to a different and small group of students. What if we could capture this energy forever?

If we were to put video cameras in classrooms, we could harness this energy for the entire world to use. The young and the old alike would benefit. The poor inhabitants in Africa, Asia and South America would benefit. Every man, woman and child in the world with access to a computer would be able to bootstrap themselves out of poverty. Notre Dame could spearhead a new age of enlightenment.

The first issue that will logically arise is privacy. Teachers and students alike may resist the violation of their privacy that this brings. This is understandable. We would implement this as an opt-in program. Professors would be able to say no if they felt uncomfortable.

The University of Notre Dame seems to be the perfect place to implement this program. Every person at this great University has immeasurable character. Notre Dame is small enough to work as one team to accomplish this goal. It’s large enough to cover most all of the necessary courses. And the quality is good enough to rank us as one of the premier universities in the country.

And as always, go Irish!

Nick Myers


Class of 2011

Nov. 26