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THINKER EDUCATION

The World’s Best Short Courses on The Big Questions

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Scholarships Created
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Students Registered
107,691

HOW IT WORKS

Find a course that tackles
a question you’re interested in.
Engage the course and
complete the course assessment.
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for your education experiences.

TRENDING COURSES

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all
the evidence. It biases the judgement.” – Sherlock Holmes

OUR MISSION

Thinker Education offers multi-media courses about The Great Ideas that shape our culture. Based on inquiries from our students, we curate a collection of some of the best content from some of the world’s leading thinkers, creating a forum for the age-old contest of ideas. A pioneer in the “learn-to-earn” movement, Thinker Education rewards students with scholarships for college and other life experiences.

THINKER’S BLOG

Freedom and Identity

Freedom and Identity

By John F. Doherty | “There is no doubt,” Joseph Ratzinger has written, “the era we call modern times has been determined from the beginning by the theme of freedom.” Today, says writer Jacques Philippe, “freedom appears very nearly the only value about which people still agree unanimously.” Most recently, this enthusiasm for freedom, the power of self-determination, has focused on the self as such, or identity. Some, as Yuval Levin notes…

Freedom of Expression in My Classroom

Freedom of Expression in My Classroom

By Mark Mercer | University students should be free from threat of institutional censure to state any opinion they wish and to state their opinions using whatever language they wish. At our university, however, students do not enjoy this freedom of expression. Various documents at Saint Mary’s University constrain what students may say and how they may say it. Students engaged in critical discussions of sensitive topics…

A New Segregation?

A New Segregation?

By Mark Bauerlein | As many of our readers who are parents know, it’s college planning time, and high school seniors scanning the amenities of the campuses they’ve chosen may be surprised by a particular feature they hadn’t expected: dorms and events for persons of color only, no whites allowed. I heard Dennis Prager discuss one example on the radio the other day, and it appalled him, as it does many conservatives… 

WHAT OTHERS SAY

As a business owner, I really like the idea of connecting my donations and scholarships to a commitment to learn - to learn about the ideas that make for ethical and principled future leaders.
Rob
FOUNDERS CIRCLE MEMBER
"Thinker Education is great in that each course bolsters critical thinking, and in the end, as a student, I am able to take a stance based on my own decision."
Brittney
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
"Thinker Education has the potential to be . . . a Khan Academy for the Big Questions that students are asking, shaping the way we view the world and our ability to impact it. Thinker Education can be that, and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Jon
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
"The name Thinker Education is self-explanatory - it's a place where you can think for yourself. This approach to learning promotes critical, creative thinking. It's about open and informed and civil expression of ideas - sometimes with people who disagree with you. Where else is that happening in my generation?"
Jonathan
APPALCHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
"Students are rarely encouraged to think carefully about issues from outside of a politically correct viewpoint. I appreciate how Thinker Education is doing a great job of challenging that system."
Hannah
SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
"As a leader in the financial services industry, I see too many people spend too much on higher education - without a strategic commitment to make sure that the students they are sponsoring are thinking critically about life's most important questions. That's why I'm a founding member of Thinker Education."
Tim
FOUNDERS CIRCLE MEMBER
"Thinker Education is doing a remarkable job of providing students with course experiences that are both pertinent to current events and to the bigger questions in life. It provides a perfect blend of topics that will keep a student engaged in the issues of today's world."
Samuel
VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
"I like Thinker Education because they provide courses that lay out the 'non-PC' position and fairly contrast it with the other side."
Will
HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR
"Thinker Education has great potential to revitalize the entire education system because it creates a learning environment where students are required to think for themselves. The effects of training students to think well is that they will be able to engage the world as an individual thinker, rather than as a parrot."
Leah
GROVE CITY COLLEGE