Arnold Kling on the Future of Higher Education

Economist Arnold Kling writes on his blog:

Back to Larry Summers, I think that education reform is not going to come from the college Presidents of the world. I think it is going to come from the bottom up, driven by the people who want to learn and by people who have innovative ideas for assisting them.

I think that at some point the best educated people will be self-educated. People like Ben Casnocha, who left college because I presume he felt it was slowing down his learning. Ben does not sit around at home, by any means. Every time I check out what he is doing, he seems to be in a different country.

I think that long before policy makers have figured out how to get everyone into college, college will have become obsolete.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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