Good Questions

If I gave you $100,000 and four years to turn an 18-year-old into a better 22-year-old citizen, scholar, person, and worker, would our current college system be what you’d do with the time and money?

That’s Alexis Madrigal on what ought to ultimately decide how long the American higher education system survives in its current form.


One Response to Good Questions

  1. Misaki says:

    The article is wrong about this:
    >Television news no longer commands the nation’s attention the way it once did.

    More people get their news from TV than did 30 years ago.

    Though it might just be that ‘news gets a smaller share of attention overall’.

    What is the consequence if someone ends up as “a better … citizen, scholar, person, and worker” but can’t get a job? The scarce resource here, really, is “time for a supervisor to evaluate or learn to evaluate the performance of workers” as well as cultural barriers to firing people who underperform in their jobs. But only scarce compared to, say, revenues at major corporations which are getting record profits as a % of GDP. Why bother evaluating the candidates without formal certification when there are dozens of applicants who do have certification, and what you’re really looking for is someone who is both certified and has previous job experience?

    Recently some article/post that emphasized that “even felons were able to get jobs during the end of the 1990’s” due to the tight labor market.

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