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THINKER EDUCATION

The World’s Best Short Courses on The Big Questions

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Scholarships Created

$1,501,362

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.

Unlock scholarship funds
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

Defending Free Speech at Cambridge

By David Butterfield | “A habit of mind is formed which lasts through life, of which the attributes are freedom, equitableness, calmness, moderation, and wisdom . . . This is the main purpose of a University in its treatment of its students.” —J. H. Newman, The Idea of a University (1852)  When Newman wrote these famous sentences, the university was an institution few encountered: England had only its two medieval universities, Oxford (his alma mater) and Cambridge, along with two… 

Why Our Universities Have Failed

By Victor Davis Hanson | In an effort to combat racial discrimination the San Diego Unified School District last week announced plans to abolish the traditional grading system, Fox News reports. Where did Antifa youth rioting in the streets receive their intellectual and ethical bearings? Why are the First and Second Amendments no longer fully operative? How did the general population become nearly ignorant of their Constitution, history, and… 

Crackdown on ‘Gendered Language’ Does Not Bode Well for Free Speech

By Nicole Russell | The mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, announced on Twitter just after his reelection that the City Council approved a removal of “gendered language”—meaning feminine and masculine terms—from the city charter, according to the The Daily Caller. OPB, a local news source, said Portland will remove the terms “he or she,” “his or her,” and “himself or herself,” and replace it with gender-neutral language. Words…

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