Maybe education isn’t the solution to every problem

Frank Fleming thinks our education system is on the wrong track:

Children are taught for 13 years in grade school, and many people want everyone to get at least 4 years of college on top of that. And what exactly do we get out of all this? If someone told me I was going to spend the next 17 years just studying, I’d expect at the end of it all to be Batman — a master of all sciences, languages, and martial arts. We’re lucky if our kids come out of this able to read and with at least one marketable skill.

It gets better.

I need to check Frank’s statistics on teachers and students. 76 million students and 7.2 million teachers. That’s not even an 11:1 ratio, so why all the fuss about budget cuts pushing schools to have classes with 30 or 40 students?

Tip from Joanne Jacobs.


One thought on “Maybe education isn’t the solution to every problem”

  1. The assumption is that education will decrease further below the “one marketable skill” level with larger class sizes. Remember, school is where kids spend the bulk of their time, so it’s not just about subject matter education, but socialization as well.

    Then again, I think the push to cut spending on education, public radio, arts endowments, and scientific research are all connected, the common thread being that dumb people are easier to trick into doing what you want, particularly if what you want is for them to shut up and buy your products.

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