Gap Widening as Top Workers Reap the Raises – The New York Times (It’s NOT the lack of degrees – It IS the lack of education.)

For most American workers, including many college graduates, the economic recovery has not meant significantly higher wages, research shows.

Source: Gap Widening as Top Workers Reap the Raises – The New York Times

I explained.

“The cause of this phenomenon is staring us in the face.

It is our beliefs that a college education is a college degree, and, that college professors are immune to the disease of other unaccountable institutions – the rise to the top of the corrupt.

As a former math professor, I have seen this for over two decades. It permeates the system, from top to bottom. Here is how.

First, many colleges, probably most, cater to “consumer” wants, which are many times in conflict with “student” needs. (Keep in mind that it is not hard to convince 18 year olds that their needs and wants are the same – a great way to acquire happy “consumers”, and great student evaluations.)

That is just a start. Once the easy money or time (for research) starts to flow, why stop with undergraduates?

And they don’t stop there.

The government offers big “national need” grants to produce American PhDs. Some professors at highly respected colleges produce them like some bankers produced mortgages. (I have seen this firsthand. An example is on my blog.)

The government offers big “national need” grants to produce American PhDs. Some professors at highly respected colleges produce them like some bankers produced mortgages. (I have seen this firsthand. An example is on my blog.)

Those new “PhDs” become “professors” at “colleges”. No fault of their own, they don’t teach much to their students who include future teachers, who, no fault of their own, don’t teach much to their students – no fault of their own.

That is how those who get only a high school degree or a faux-college degree, suffer, while the supply of the truly educated decreases.

(Documented examples like those above can be found on my blog, inside-higher-ed .)”

Good News: Editor of NY Times “Upshot” Encourages More Discussion on Kevin Carey’s “The Fundamental Way That Universities Are an Illusion”

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The Fundamental Way That Universities Are an Illusion – The New York Times.  Here is Another, Per Gross and Bok (and me)

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Good Essay on Universities Being an Illusion – But It’s Not Because They Don’t Exert Influence Over Teaching. It’s Because They DO!

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Harvard Admissions Needs ‘Moneyball for Life’ – The New York Times

The university should start filtering for self-importance, and future big donors. Source: Harvard Admissions Needs ‘Moneyball for Life’ - The New York Times … [Continue reading]

The Top 100 Private Institutions-1998 SAT Scores – How Did the Ones That Climbed Do That?

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The Watchdogs of College Education Rarely Bite – WSJ

Accreditors keep hundreds of colleges with low graduation rates or high loan defaults alive. Source: The Watchdogs of College Education Rarely Bite - WSJ It's worse than graduation rates.  I wrote. The fish stinks from the head.  I know, I … [Continue reading]

Example of How First Graders Are Learning to Think Mathematically

a strategy for first graders learning addition. If you want to remember what 8+5 is, you recall that 8 needs two more to be 10; take those two away from the 5 and give them to the 8, leaving you with 10+3 = 13 Source: Meet the New Common Core - The … [Continue reading]