Phi Beta Cons

Some Iconoclastic Observations about College

On the Foundation for Economic Education’s site today, B.K. Marcus has a fascinating and iconoclastic piece entitled “What Your Browser Says about You that Your GPA Doesn’t.”

One insight that some researchers have gleaned is that people who will switch browsers rather than just sticking with the default one tend to be more reliable workers. The big point is that firms looking for creative people shouldn’t be content with the old indicators of GPA and college pedigree.

While some people are saying that this opens up new vistas for college, Marcus doubts it, writing, “Formal education, whatever its other benefits, won’t produce a new generation of creative thinkers because the more formal the system of education, the less appeal it will have for the productive nonconformists who drive progress.”

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

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