Bryan Caplan  

What My "Case Against Education" Is Not

Reply to Arnold Kling... The libertarian coast...
Great parody of "Every NYT Higher-Ed Thinkpiece Ever Written":
Higher Education is in a Crisis. A deep, dark, existential crisis which can only be blamed on its resistance to innovative disruption and its abandonment of cherished liberal arts principles. You might think that assertion is paradoxical, that it's merely a buzzword-laden lede for academic clickbait, but you would be wrong. The humanities are dying. And the only way forward is to go back.


What makes Western education so worth saving is its resilience and adaptabity in the face of existential threats. Cutting-edge overgeneralizations culled from evolutionary science tells us that we're hardwired to meet these existential threats via a combination of fight-or-flight response and provocative thinkpieces. American Higher Education stands at such a moment now, a disruptive juncture to end all disruptive junctures. At the end of the day, it will be the Innovators who preside over the College of the Future. And they will be joined by the Humanities professors who are brave enough to ignore the nattering nabobs of pedagogy and cling tenaciously to What Made Us Great. Both groups will win, or neither will. That's the nature of Disruption.


To save Higher Education, and its handmaiden, the Humanities, we must then be open to the 'un.' We must unbundle the components of college, unlearn all of our stodgy traditions except the stodgiest (those are pure gold) and understand the myriad challenges facing Today's Thought Leaders. The College of the Future will have to be nimble. To accomplish this, Agile Innovators can leverage technology to unbundle the University.
Read the whole thing.  And ponder the reality of stable waste.

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Peter H writes:

I have to admit, when I saw the link about "stable waste," I imagined a crude pun was involved.

Mike W writes:

Nevada offers an on-line higher education alternative.

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