Glenn Harlan Reynolds on Our Outmoded Educational Systems

University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds (a.k.a. “Instapundit”) has a new book out entitled The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself.

In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, I write about the book, which is filled with sharp insights about the roots of our K–12 and higher-ed systems and the causes of their inefficiency. (Hint: the fact that they were imported here from Germany by people who admired regimentation and thought Americans needed more of that has much to do with it.) Reynolds is optimistic that the information age, which is the antithesis of regimentation and cannot be controlled by special interest groups, will bring much-needed change and efficiency, and probably blur the old notion that K–12 and higher education need to be distinct endeavors.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He holds a B.A. from Carroll College (Waukesha, Wis.) and a J.D. from ...

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