From “Student Consumerism” to “Student Markism”

Clark Kerr famously noted a “…shift from academic merit to student consumerism…”.

Since Kerr’s observation (1980) we have shifted from “students” as “consumers” to “students” as easy “marks”, as in a “mark” in a con game. (There are many reasons why so many of them are “easy marks”, but, see David Riesman’s view here.)

As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away – The New York Times

Source: As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away - The New York Times I just had to comment on one aspect of the story. "... Here is the outrageous lie in this whole story: "...'Everybody tells you to go to … [Continue reading]

David Brooks See the Symptom – But Not the Disease

Source: Mis-Educating the Young - The New York Times Here is my comment. You have described the symptoms well, but you have missed the disease. The disease is letting higher education operate as a market economy – while assuming that, as a … [Continue reading]

Take on the 800-lb Gorilla

Source: US workforce: paying young Americans to learn the right skills I made the following comment. Someone has to take on the 800 lb gorilla.  I have seen it in action up close and Bill Gross has pointed out that it really is an 800 lb … [Continue reading]

“America’s Broken Democracy” by Jeffrey D. Sachs Misses the Main Point: Money Can’t Trick Education, at Least Not So Easily

Source: America’s Broken Democracy by Jeffrey D. Sachs - Project Syndicate Here is the comment that I posted. Thomas Jefferson saw clearly how to prevent the system being overcome by what he called "kings, priests and nobles". Here is what he … [Continue reading]

Cheating and “Retention”

This story ran in the NY Times: As Computer Coding Classes Swell So Does Cheating . I began to wonder if a general concern for actual "education" - at least in courses where major corporations would care - was making an appearance again. I … [Continue reading]

Colleges Resist Federal Effort to Gauge Student Outcomes – WSJ

Source: Colleges Resist Federal Effort to Gauge Student Outcomes - WSJ Nothing new here to readers of this blog I wrote, Of course they don't want anyone to know.  Want to see the smelly reason why? Just read "A Tale Out of School" (on my … [Continue reading]

Loans ‘Designed to Fail’ No, Simply Designed to Make Money, Not Educate

Source: Loans ‘Designed to Fail’: States Say Navient Preyed on Students - The New York Times I wrote, I taught at a "non-profit" (Why they are called that, I have no idea.) "elite" university. As an insider, here is my advice for readers. I … [Continue reading]

“Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs” (NYT) But Here is Why, and They Shouldn’t

Source: Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs - The New York Times I wrote why, at least in my opinion> The keyword is “SKILLS”, as in “If you worked in Detroit for 10 years, you don’t have the skills to go into health … [Continue reading]