Phi Beta Cons

Britain has oversold higher education, too

After my paper “The Overselling of Higher Education” was released, I heard

from an education reformer in Britain, Tom Burkard, who said that things

were much the same there.
I prevailed upon him to write a piece explaining the situation under the

Blair government and today the Pope Center has released it.  You can read

Burkard’s article here.
The U.S. isn’t the only nation where the idea that formal education is the

panacea for inequality and slow economic growth has taken hold.

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

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