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Frank Bruni Recognizes the “Customer” Mentality

"...It’s not only at Stanford and at Ivy League and Ivy­like schools that students have gone from being competitors to clients. That’s a shift that’s occurred over recent decades and over the last decade in particular at scores if not hundreds of … [Continue reading]

What Does the Syllabus Really Tell You? And How to Find Out What is Really Taught.

A reader looked at this year's syllabus for the course that I wrote about in A Tale Out of School. The reader commented that there was nothing wrong with what this year's syllabus covers.  Let's look deeper and ask what covers means. For those who … [Continue reading]

A Quote to Keep in Mind

"...Franklin Roosevelt did not suddenly decide on his own to enact Social Security or grant union rights. Those ideas came up from below, through decades of frustration and struggle and conflict. If Americans want something different from their … [Continue reading]

Let’s Stop Worrying About the Wrong Problem (Dropping Out) and Address the Real Problem (Not Getting An Education Even IF They Stay In)

Simple steps raise the graduation rate, especially among minority students. Source: What Can Stop Kids From Dropping Out - The New York Times#commentsContainer I wrote: Let's stop worrying about them dropping out and start worrying about them … [Continue reading]

Why Is Productivity So Weak? Three Theories That Miss The Mark. My Advice? Read Piketty.

The rate of economic output is not increasing much. Or is there work below the surface that will pay big dividends in the future? Source: Why Is Productivity So Weak? Three Theories - The New York Times The answer if obvious. Here is how to see … [Continue reading]

Beware Quick Growth

I just read something in today's Financial Times that made me think about the quick growth in higher education that we undertook in the 60's. "...Economists say it is difficult for any economy to deploy productively such a large amount of capital … [Continue reading]

The College Cares About Truth in Advertising? Oh?

Several companies are using high-pressure tactics, critics say, to persuade international students to enroll in U.S. colleges. Many will need remedial help to succeed. Source: Recruiting Students Overseas to Fill Seats, Not to Meet Standards I … [Continue reading]

Education and Productivity Go Hand in Hand

Once the acute phases of the financial and euro crises were over, it was clear that it would take time for advanced economies to recover. The history of past financial crises gave a clear warning that recovery would typically be long and … [Continue reading]