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Education or Schooling?

UNC-Wilmington plans to begin a new doctoral program aimed at eliminating the supposed shortage of school administrators in North Carolina. Read about it here.
That is emblematic of one of the big problems in higher education — the assumption that taking a lot of courses and earning a degree is the way to become competent at doing something. You will find some excellent school administrators who never took a single class in any “education” course and you’ll find some bad ones who have fancy degrees, elegant doctoral robes for academic ceremonies, and of course the extra pay that is usually automatic with an advanced degree.
Adding education doctorates is another instance of the overselling of higher education.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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