Why we shouldn’t let economists play with education

Benjamin Doxtdator, A Long View on Education, Jul 04, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a long and detailed criticism of Bryan Caplan’s The Case Against Education. Caplan isn't against education per se, he's against publicly funded education. But as Benjamin Doxtdator argues, he reduces education to purely economic incentives (and most disparagingly, as 'signaling' of social status). But this reduction becomes inevitable unless we change out perspective. "Like so much of our lives under late capitalism, education has been subjected to an 'excessive market ideology' for at least the last 50 years... If we want to get to the root causes of why the education system is broken and what can be done to fix it, we need to free ourselves from the ideology that makes Caplan’s calculations all but inevitable."

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