“The Department of Education makes it hard for you, and ugly. But it is possible to survive the life of default.”
I listen to the Planet Money podcast every week, and am a big fan of the show. William Luther, an assistant professor of economics at Kenyon College, is too, and has used the show in his classes to teach principles of macroeconomics and has argued that it has increased understanding and engagement among his students.
Billionaire tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel announced a few years ago that he would start his own high education social experiment—over the last two years, Thiel has given a $100,000 fellowship to 44 young people to skip or drop out of college and work with mentors to flesh out ideas they have to change the world.