The Republic of T.

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Don’t Know Much

Leave it to a Townhall columnist to extol the virtues of having a less educated populace. Basically, anyone who isn't going to become a doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc., doesn't need much of an education. I suppose that makes sense. Given the correlation between education and religious belief in the general population, there's an advantage there for the religious right and Republicans if more people are less educated. Plus, it'd make Dubya look a little smarter by comparison. 


  1. “But nobody has ever explained to me why the cost of a liberal arts education has gone through the roof and clear over the moon. After all, there are no expensive machines involved, no groundbreaking technological advances.”

    Um, groundbreaking technological advances makes things less expensive, not more.

    Which is EXACTLY why education costs increase at a greater-than-general-inflation rate — because education is, literally, the most labor-intensive industry in America. There is simply no way to make a teacher significantly more productive than she already is.

    I know that was a side issue in the piece, but it got my goat because it was so mind-bogglingly stupid.

    See also this post showing that “more education” equals both “more income” and “more health.”

  2. Education costs of have been dramatically out pacing inflation for years. It’s a valid question to ask why. I think the first part of his column is more relevant to that question. Over the last generation we’ve dramatically increased the demand for higher education without significantly increasing supply. A lot more kids want to go to Harvard (or State U for that matter) today, yet in most cases neither Harvard nor State U has significantly increased capacity to match the demand.

    I also think he’s right in questioning the value of the degree. Spending 4 years in college does not make you educated. I’m sure we all know plenty of people that partied their way through school and graduated 4 years later not really knowing that much more than when they started. Who is better off? The 22 year old kid with a history degree, 50K in student loans, and no idea of what he really wants to do; or the 22 year old kid who started a failed his own business a couple of times, and is now poised for success on try 3? I think the 2nd kid is in far better shape.

    I agree, education is good. Is hanging out in school for 4 years taking the easy route to a degree really an education? Is it a more valuable education that you would get spending those 4 years in the real world? An educated person may have a college degree, but it’s not a requirement.