21st Century Learning Products

21st Century Learning Products was started by Walter Antoniotti  in 1991. Walter believed well-written, concise, inexpensive, business subject outlines following the The 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. 

Walter's mission 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, Education Reform
Educational Ideas From Expert Economists, and Interesting Thoughts Concerning Society.

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 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,
Who's Not Working and Why ISBN 0521651522 by Economists Frederic L. Pryor of Swarthmore College and David L. Schaffer of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Clair and published by Cambridge University Press in 1999,
Occupational employment projections to 2008 by Douglas Braddock and published by the United States Department of Labor, The 1998 - 2008 job outlook in brief by Jonathan W. Kelinson and Patricia Tate and published in the Spring 2000 edition of Occupational Outlook Quarterly of the Department of Labor
National Assessments of Adult Literacy-1992, which was sponsored by the National Center for Educational Statistics and published on page 26 of Adult Literacy in America ISBN 0-16-041929-8.
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.

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.
Statistics and Accounting generated most 90% of our revenue and will be converted last.  Our most successful non revenue site, the Economics Inrwenet Library, will be first.
 

Send comments and suggestions to antonw@ix.netcom.com.  

Revised 03/03/2012

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)?

 

 

 

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