Thoughtful Post by V Santhakumar

V Santhakumar, a Professor at Azim Premji University sent me a link to his post, The Urge to Build `World Class’ Universities: A Reality Check. I recommend it to readers.

Of Course They Operate Like Businesses – They ARE Businesses

Source: Endowments Boom as Colleges Bury Earnings Overseas – The New York Times I commented. I’m a former math professor who taught at Washington U. in St. Louis. From my vantage point, It is a sad statement for our society that this article is news at all, but I do hope that it will wake […]

A Graph Worth a Lot WSJ

Source: College Costs Continue to Edge Higher – WSJ I commented. It’s important to understand that colleges, not only use discriminatory pricing (“discriminatory” in its economic sense), but advertise a high tuition for branding purposes. Here is what that high price says to the “customer” (once quaintly called the “student”). You, the customer, are going […]

Maybe We’ve Been Thinking About the Productivity Slump All Wrong – The New York Times Me: You Betcha

Source: Maybe We’ve Been Thinking About the Productivity Slump All Wrong – The New York Times Here is what I wrote To paraphrase a politician, “It’s the education, stupid.” But, don’t we have the greatest universities in the world? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that those universities are doing anything to broadly disseminate knowledge. Our […]

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 college, get an education, and everything will be O.K. So […]

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 non-profit, it is altruistic. Just listen to Clark Kerr and David Riesman on […]

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 gorilla.  Here’s Bill Gross. “…To radically change the system…would […]

“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 wrote. “…Preach…a crusade against ignorance…improve the law for educating the common people. Let our […]