Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

how the web broke old education models

“We're still trying to fit the Web into our educational paradigm.… I just don't think that's going to work,” said Mary Spilde, president of Lane Community College, in Eugene, Ore.

Today's students are “pretty bored with what we do,” she added.

While the concept of a self-educated "edupunk" citizenry circumventing the traditional system of higher education may have sounded far-fetched a decade ago, the fact that the likes of Spilde gave it more than lip service marks something of a shift. Indeed, there was more than a subtle suggestion across hours of sessions Monday that colleges are in for a new world, like it or not, where they may not be the winners.

"The Rise of the Edupunks"