Phi Beta Cons

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

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