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68% of Americans Believe Degrees Aren’t Worth the Money

Can new technologies revitalize higher education?

Glenn Reynolds


October 16, 2013 - 2:00 pm



 “Over two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) believe that degree programs currently cost more than they are worth and 36 percent said that the cost of a degree has risen disproportionally to its value in the last five years.”

Full report here.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen. I just hope it’s not too obvious before my new book comes out.


Cross-posted from Instapundit

WHO IS GLENN REYNOLDS? I’m a law professor at the University of Tennessee. I write various law review articles, opeds, and other stuff. I’m a Contributing Editor at Popular Mechanics. I’m a columnist at The Washington Examiner. My most recent book is An Army of Davids : How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths. My next most recent book is The Appearance of Impropriety: How the Ethics Wars Have Undermined American Government, Business and Society, (The Free Press, 1997) coauthored with Peter W. Morgan. For something completely different, see Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology: Some Preliminary Observations, from the April, 2001 Environmental Law Reporter. Some of my other law review writings can be found in PDF form here. I’ve also written for The Atlantic Monthly, URB, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. I’m interested in everything, but my chief interest is in the intersection between advanced technologies and individual liberty. The vast majority of my writing touches on this in one way or another.

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Strange, over the years as a prof. in the US, before I left for Europe, I had come to the conclusion that 68% of the students were not worth a decent uni. education. Students were starting to have "closed minds" as Alan Bloom expressed in a book with a similar name bemoaning the loss of the openness of mind necessary for a meaningful college education. Somehow, I feel all too many students have got what they deserve. Alas, some good ones may be educated, but Obama has effectively blocked the economic activity necessary to hire them and the not so worthy.
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College education costs have increased by 300% in the past 30 years.

Funny how we ONLY hear about Big Oil/Business/Pharma but not education.

Time to change this whole education process.
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