Despite being immensely popular--and immensely lucrativeeducation is grossly overrated. In this explosive book, Bryan Caplan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conformityin other words, to signal the qualities of a good employee. Learn why students hunt for easy As and casually forget most of what they learn after the final exam, why decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for the average worker but instead in runaway credential inflation, how employers reward workers for costly schooling they rarely if ever use, and why cutting education spending is the best remedy.Caplan draws on the latest social science to show how the labor market values grades over knowledge, and why the more education your rivals have, the more you need to impress employers. He explains why graduation is our society's top conformity signal, and why even the most useless degrees can certify employability. He advocates two major policy responses. The first is educational austerity. Government needs to sharply cut education funding to curb this wasteful rat race. The second is more vocational education, because practical skills are more socially valuable than teaching students how to outshine their peers.Romantic notions about education being "good for the soul" must yield to careful research and common sense The Case against Education points the way....
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The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money Reviews
Bryan is brilliant. What I enjoy about his writings is his clarity, courage, and intellectual thoroughness. This book is no different.
I think Bryan’s argument is compelling, and definitely controversial. I agree that credential inflation has become widespread in society, and that part of education’s payoff comes from signaling. I even agree that our country probably spends too much subsidizing education. But I don’t know if I’d agree with Bryan’s austerity solution. As a former high school social studies teacher, it’s hard for me to admit that my students gained virtually nothing from my classes.
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I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important activity in that it potentially will reveal facts and opinions that might not be comfortable to come to terms with but are nevertheless genuine and potentially position-shifting.
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Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting “investment” doesn’t make it so. No doubt there is an education premium: college graduates earn 70% more than high school graduates, and high school graduates earn 30% more than dropouts (however, Master degrees only pay a paltry ...more
A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might be better, but ultimately is damning in his conclusion that what many of us get from education all the way to higher degrees, we largely forget and never, ever use in the work force.
The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education.
Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author who has done his research right.
As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost all of the courses I'm taking are irrelevant and a waste of my time.
This book is spot-on.
The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money (2018) by Bryan Caplan is a fascinating read that questions the mantra that 'more education is always good'. Caplan is a highly credentialed Professor of Economics at George Mason University. The book is heretical in that it takes on the belief that 'more education = more better' that is incredibly prevalent with policy professionals and politicians of all ideologies and with the public at large. The book has provo ...more