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November 25, 2011 11:29 AM Bad Ideas Man

By Daniel Luzer


Newt Gingrich has said that if he’s elected president he will teach an online course. According to a piece by Jo Ling Kent at NBC:

If elected to the White House, former speaker of the House and history professor Newt Gingrich wants to teach Americans a lesson — that is, for free on the Internet about his policy views. The self-proclaimed “ideas man” said on Monday his course would be distributed on the Web in a format similar to the University of Phoenix or Kaplan.
“I will probably try to do something that outlines for the whole country what we’re going to try to accomplish,” he said. “It will be free.”

That’s because no one would ever pay money for such a thing.

“Something that outlines for the whole country what we’re going to try to accomplish” is not actually a course. A course is a unit of instruction in one subject.

What Gingrich is talking about just sounds like a bunch of long speeches delivered over the Internet.

You know, sort of like what Muammar Gaddafi used to do.[Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • stinger on November 25, 2011 5:22 PM:

    If he must - sigh - harangue us with his laughably unworkable ideas, isn't that what the campaign is for?

  • Texas Aggie on November 25, 2011 6:59 PM:

    When you consider that he was never a real professor in that he spent eight years at a third or fourth rate college in West Georgia and couldn't get tenure, why should anyone suspect that he is all of a sudden capable of teaching a course?

  • Uncle Omar on November 25, 2011 7:07 PM:

    "...third or fourth rate college..."? I thought it was a JuCo. Whatever it was it was no doubt just as high a quality post secondary educational institution as that out of which R. Hudson Limbaugh III flunked half way through his freshman year.

  • sparrow on November 25, 2011 11:07 PM:

    The man is so full of himself that I don't believe he had room for any Thanksgiving turkey.