Well, not quite. But the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has opened the gates of its vaunted curriculum to the masses — no charge, no registration required. (No degree either, of course.)
MIT OpenCourseWare is an ambitious project to post all MIT courses on the Internet, open to anyone who’s interested. A “free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world,” MIT OCW requires no registration, grants no degrees or certificates, and provides no access to MIT faculty. All it does is open the doors to a great fr’ee education. All you add is time and effort.
Over 1500 courses are already available and more are coming.
Want to to change the direction of your life and career? As a recent New York Times column (written by a former attorney) points out, sometimes all it takes is a single non-credit course.
Sure, you can sit in classrooms for 16+ years, but no one can give you an education. Like Abraham Lincoln, you have to go get it for yourself.