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Thursday, September 6, 2012

4 Free Online Classes That Would Benefit Any Parent

As a parent, it feels like you never stop learning, but, somehow, never feel like you know enough. Maybe that just goes along with being a parent, but it would be nice, once in a while to get in some structured learning, especially if it will help you become best parent you can be. Moms and dads give so much time and attention to their kids, that it can be difficult to spend time on outside learning. Fortunately, there are plenty of free online courses available from MIT for anyone who needs to learn on their own time. What’s even cooler is that a lot of them offer great fundamentals on life, humanity, the world around us, and what it means help a child through it. Check out some of these free courses, perfect for any parent:

1. Moral Problems and the Good Life

This class will examine some of the most pressing moral issues facing society today. Topic such as racism, free speech, gay marriage, euthanasia, and global inequality will be discusses and explored from different points of view. The goal of the course is to provide students with a foundation for their own opinions on the subjects and the ability to respectfully communicate about matters of moral concern.

2. The Creative Spark

Any parent with a child old enough to pick up a crayon has witnesses the wonders of the creative spark. The course examines what the creative process looks like and why it happens. Students will explore understanding of creativity in Western culture, psychological and philosophical theories on creativity, and creativity in everyday life.

3. Metaphysics: Free Will

This course examines the concept of free will. Students will consider all the elements that contribute to and affect free will. The concepts of, libertarianism, unavoidability, moral responsibility, action, intention, choice, social psychology and addiction will be considered within the context of free will.

4. Moral Psychology

Morality will be examined through a psychological lens in this course. Students will explore empirical findings in social psychology, sociology and neuroscience to better understand human desire, belief, moral motivation, sympathy, empathy, free will, addiction and compulsion, guilt, shame, regret, evil, self-knowledge, self-deception and virtues.

This guest post was written by Angelita Williams. A born writer, Angelita loves to write short stories. Her second passion is education, a topic that she covers incessantly as a freelance blogger. Though she has an allegiance to online education, she's dedicated to depicting all forms of education equally, and she writes impartially about college courses online and offline. Angelita can be found at angelita.williams7(at)

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