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 […]

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 couldn’t help but remember A Tale Out of School and I wrote this comment. Washington […]

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 blog inside-higher-ed ) to get a realistic sense of how  “outcomes” […]

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 strongly recommend that everyone carefully read the paragraphs of this article […]

“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 care..” (quoting Prof. Acemoglu) I don’t believe that […]

“Why Singapore’s kids are so good at maths” – and the US Isn’t

Source: Why Singapore’s kids are so good at maths Here is a highlighted quote from the article. Mathematics in Singapore is not about knowing everything. It’s about thinking like a mathematician Andreas Schleicher, head of the OECD’s education assessment programme Here is my comment. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with […]

NYT “Years of Ethics Charges, but Star Cancer Researcher Gets a Pass”Larger Questions? You Bet!

Source: Years of Ethics Charges, but Star Cancer Researcher Gets a Pass – The New York Times I wrote: Here is the “..Large Question..” and its Obvious Answer. (Even though I’m a professor, please don’t sleep through this.) Larger Question: Given that universities can, and do, gain through unscrupulous behavior, can we really believe that […]