As some of you may know, BAR/BRI is a test prep service for people taking the bar exam. Even though people have completed three entire years of law school, they are unable to pass the bar exam without extensive additional studying, and that’s where BAR/BRI comes in.
If the world were to take my suggestion that college education should be replaced by standardized tests, then education in the future would like more like the BAR/BRI model.
BAR/BRI doesn’t require you to take any non-related classes. If the bar exam doesn’t cover “law and literature,” then BAR/BRI isn’t going to a lecture on that topic. And the lecturers don’t talk about their pet areas of interest, they only talk about the material that’s going to be on the exam. (For example, Erwin Chemerinsky may be a far-left liberal, but I would never have guessed it from his BAR/BRI lectures. No one's going to pay $3000 to hear him spout leftism.)
BAR/BRI has really huge lectures. In New York City, they rent out a theatre that looks like it can seat thousands. BAR/BRI understands that it’s a waste of money to have someone teaching a small class.
The lecturers don’t remain in one geographic location. They fly around the country giving their lectures at various cities. One lecturer can cover many cities and teach many thousands of students. It’s a much more efficient model than traditional college education.
There is no classroom discussion and you are not allowed to ask questions of the lecturers. BAR/BRI understands that these are time-wasting distractions, and that learning takes place from books and from the expert lecturers, and not from your clueless fellow students. (This is great because it removes the need for “diversity” in the student body.)
BAR/BRI has no admissions requirements except for the ability to pay the tuition.
BAR/BRI doesn’t hire lecturers based on their ability to publish research (although some of their lecturers are well published). BAR/BRI lecturers are valued because they are dynamic speakers who can keep the attention of an audience, and sometimes tell some funny jokes. BAR/BRI understands that you can just learn all of the material from their study materials (and it’s an option they allow you to purchase for less money), but they also know that’s an extremely boring way to learn and most students need more motivation, thus the entertainment of the lectures.