Education, Society

Making the Case Against A College Education

It’s not often that one comes across a passionate and well-argued case against higher education written by a university Professor, but that’s exactly what’s in the new issue of The Atlantic. Bryan Caplan, an economist at George Mason University, presents a scathing critique of the current college educational model, and his essay should be read […]

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Education

Recent Read: “Don’t Shun Conservative Professors”

In case you missed it, Arthur C. Brooks has a solid op-ed in the New York Time on academic intellectual freedom. Some highlights: These days, the news is full of sensational stories of violent campus mobs shutting down conservative speakers and freaked-out college administrators treating rioters with kid gloves. Such stories offer excellent fodder for critics who […]

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Education, Finance

Harvard’s money managers get a (very) public scolding.

(Ed: This couldn’t be said in private?) The Urgency of the Present Sub-par endowment returns are one of the greatest threats to Harvard today By THE CRIMSON EDITORIAL BOARD September 28, 2016 Harvard faces numerous pressing issues: a suboptimal social scene, growing competition from other universities for talent, and critical challenges to diversity and inclusion. […]

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Education, Society

It’s Time to Reinvent Liberal Arts Education

2015 was a tumultuous year for higher education, and I doubt 2016 will be much different. Higher education, especially in America, is going through the most dramatic evolution in its modern history, and we see those changes — pedagogical, cultural, financial — across campuses throughout this country. With the cost of college seemingly on an ever-in creasing trajectory, […]

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Education

MIT Just Changed Higher Education Forever — At Last

Yesterday MIT made a quiet announcement that could turn out to be a remarkable milestone in the history of modern higher education. MIT President L. Rafael Reif made the announcement, which is a sign that MIT itself knows how significant of a shift it has just made. As reported in the MIT Tech Review: MIT is taking […]

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Education, Society

Are Our Best and Brightest Also Our Least Productive?

A second-year MBA student at a top-five business school recently wrote to me for advice about career choice and whether he should go into finance or management consulting. His ultimate goal, he said, was “to make enough money to teach when I’m older.” The discussion with this student reminded about an article that the Nobel economist Robert Schiller wrote on ProjectSyndicate a […]

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