21st Century Learning Products
|21st Century Learning Products was started
in 1991. Walter believed well-written, concise, inexpensive, business subject outlines
Quick Notes Philosophy could help people learn difficult
concepts and decrease the time needed to learn difficult business subjects. The first book,
Financial Accounting, was published in 1992 with an expanded edition published in 1994. Outlines
pertaining to Economics(1993), Mathematics(1998), Statistics (1998), and other
accounting and statistics areas were added in succeeding years.
Free Internet Libraries
were created to publicize the books and when the paper inventory was depleted, the entire Quick
Notes Collection was made available on the Internet for free.
is to affect the way people view the educational
process. Information was collected, summarized,
and published during the
1990's in the Economics of Education,
Walter's latest venture, http://www.textbooksfree.org/ is an attempt to hasten the move from expensive paper textbooks to free Internet interactive learning materials.
3[3/12 Update Our five year run of
making a taxable profit appears over so we will begin moving toward a nonprofit
site. With over 1,200 pages, this will take a while.
Send comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revised 08/02/2015 The bulk of this was written in the 20th Century.
Here is Walter's 8/23/06 Podcast concerning the Free Internet Libraries and the Education Improvement Internet Library
Many of Walter's thoughts are the result of reading The Future of American Capitalism by Lester C. Thurow, former Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and published in 1996 by William Morrow and Company, Inc., The Accidental Theorist, written by Paul Krugman, the MIT Ford International Professor of Economics, and published in 1998 by W.W. Norton & Company, Multiple Intelligence: The Theory and Practice, Howard E. Gardner, 1993, ISBN 046501822X, The New Realities, Peter F. Drucker, Harper & Row Publishers, 1989, ISBN 0060916990, and 34 years of teaching in college, one year of teaching high school, and the freedom to read, think and talk about the subject to anyone who would listen!
Data is from the
National Center for Educational Statistics,
The Bell Curve by Charles Murray and Richard Harris, which I stopped reading when he starting pitching for more funds for our brightest students. I thought they could take care of themselves. Now, ten years later, the Internet has caused the pool of really intelligent people available to domestic companies to increase tremendously, so now our really bright students deserve the help their overseas competition receives.
Scholarship Advise http://www.textbooksfree.org/ has decided to offer $1,000 in scholarships to high school students taking AP Economics. Would this discussion group be willing to determined contestants and winner (s)?