A reason why there's been so much reform but so little change.
By Megan McArdle, very nicely done:
But the biggest question I have is simply: Why spend federal money on this? College graduates are the best-off people in the country, in almost every way. There are probably better candidates for new spending -- about two-thirds of the population, in fact.
More sad craziness from what we're pleased to call "higher education".
I'll enthusiastically second this.
Vocational education is the better option for a substantial portion of students who will never earn bachelor’s degrees. It’s time to rethink our priorities.
By Jeffrey Flier, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, and Higginson Professor of Medicine and Neurobiology.
That constituency should not have to fight this political battle alone. Those of us who believe in the merit principle, and who have seen firsthand how these schools can improve the lives of the students who attend them, should raise their voice in defence of the current system.
That would include me.
Related: "The real issue on elite high school admissions".
Well, not everything, but it's a start.
Coincidence? You decide.
"A generation of schoolchildren is being exhorted to believe in their brain’s elasticity. Does it really help them learn?"
Short answer: apparently not so much.
So very true:
We create entitlements on the assumption that they won’t be used as a weapon. But that assumption turns out to be unwarranted.