Education

"Time to Tear Down These Schools"

This is the biggest civil rights issue of our time.

(Related: I'm reading a book on education reform. The author talks about the PISA test that is used to compare high schoolers' performance across countries and he states: "Last time out, the U.S. average score was 500, just behind Poland and ahead of Liechtenstein. However . . . If America's scores were limited to those from schools in districts in which the poverty rate was less than 10 percent--Finland's poverty rate is less than 4 percent--the United States would lead the world, and it wouldn't be close . . .")


"Accelerate Education"

I don't agree with every detail in this piece by economist Reuven Brenner--as a former instructor of MBAs, I think he's a bit harsh on the value of graduate management education--but I certainly agree with the main argument. As longtime readers of this blog may know, I'm in favor of cutting one year from high school or one year from college, maybe both. And college most assuredly is not the right place, contrary to popular myth, for everybody.


"Why Is It Such a Struggle to Reform Our Colleges?"

Good question. George Leef:

Bok’s view, in short, is like that of former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm who declared that higher education “is like jet fuel for the economy.” Pour in the fuel and the economy roars. The trouble is that this view is mistaken.

At no point does Bok mention that the nation already has large numbers of college graduates who are working in jobs that any reasonably smart high school student could learn. Nor does he see that due to the “positional” nature of educational credentials, the more we push “attainment,” the higher the degree level people need to set themselves apart—the credential inflation problem I have often written about. Finally, Bok barely acknowledges that many successful Americans acquired the knowledge they need without completing college, and in many cases never going at all.