It’s quite funny, if you can laugh about such things.
From Slate, the summary quote:
So to sum it up: Today’s crop of new B.A.s are staring at roughly 8.5 percent unemployment, 16.8 percent underemployment. Close to half of those who land work won’t immediately find a job that requires their degree, and for those stuck in that situation, there are fewer “good” jobs to go around. Welcome to adulthood, class of 2014.
Political and education officials keep making the same mistake over and over: spending more and more tax dollars without stopping to ask if it’s doing any good…Entrepreneurial schools chosen by families and funded at least in part directly through tuition are consistently more efficient than bureaucratically run, tax-funded schools.
Can anyone honestly be surprised by this?
From The Economist—This should be interesting to watch unfold, and it should scare the hell out of traditional colleges and universities.
Education is necessary if democracy is to flourish. What good is the free flow of information if people can’t make sense of it? How can you vote your own interests if you don’t understand the consequences of policy choices? How can you know what’s best for you or your community?
A recent study by Yale’s Dan M. Kahan and colleagues might be thought to call these truisms of democratic political culture into question. According to the finding, the better you are at reasoning numerically, the more likely you are to let your political bias skew your quantitative reasoning.
Put another way, the brainier you are, the better you can twist facts to your own pre-existing convictions. And that’s what you will tend to do.
And why we should care. The Introduction:
When asked what he thought about the cultural wars, Irving Kristol is said to have replied, “They’re over,” adding, “We lost.” If Kristol was correct, one of the decisive battles in that war may have been over the liberal arts in education, which we also lost.
From NPR, a portion of the introduction:
There, heads of the classroom are often as selfish and manipulative as despotic heads of state. They turn their students into pawns, and they get away with it because students are impressionable and easily infatuated. Here are three books about teachers whose lessons hide plenty of booby traps: Each is a textbook case of leading the vulnerable student astray.
An excellent article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Peter Wood. The introduction:
Last Wednesday I attended a debate at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, at which three men engaged in a lively, literate, and deeply-informed exchange. After they finished and the moderator opened the floor for questions, the usual thing happened. The questioners by and large had no questions. Instead they offered up prolix piles of words that led nowhere in particular. Some sought to show off what they mistook as their own superior knowledge. Others scolded. A few got lost in their own labyrinths. The closest we came to a question was the j’accuse rhetorical jab more or less in the form, “Don’t you agree that you are an ignorant buffoon?”
Some of the questioners were deliberately abusing their opportunity. That’s bad manners and an erosion of the civility that is needed for worthwhile public debate. But a good many of the questioners simply didn’t know how to ask a question. They were caught in the fog between wanting to communicate something that seemed to them urgent to declare and the need to ask.
Why has asking become so hard?
Read the whole thing for some insights on what makes a good question. (Hat tip: Instapundit)
From Richard Nordquist. Well, it is time for the children to go back to school.
- The Education of Women, by Daniel Defoe
- A Liberal Education, by Thomas Henry Huxley
- The Lower Depths, by H.L. Mencken
- On Education and Style, by Ben Jonson
- The Ph.D. Octopus, by William James
- Professorial Ethics, by John Jay Chapman
- The Superstition of School, by G.K. Chesterton
- The Temple of Learning, by Benjamin Franklin
- What Is Wrong With Our System of Education? by George Bernard Shaw