A. Greenspan believes solving skills
shortage with education
Peter Drucker believes
"Students Should have
Studied What They Do Well"
literacy--even on the high level appropriate to a knowledge
society--will be an easier task than giving students the capacity and
the knowledge to keep on learning, and the desire to do it."...
"All it requires is to make
learners achieve. All it requires is to focus on the strengths and
talents of learners so that they excel in whatever it is they do
well." " But schools do not do it. They focus instead on a learner's
The New Realities
by, pages 236 and 237, published in 1989 See
How Children Succeed by-Paul Tough 2012. Peter is the Clark Professor of Social Science at Claremont Graduate School,
California and considered by some “the founding father of the science of
management (LA Times).”
Peter thinks that student who do poorly with math should not be let anywhere near algebra. This should make students happier but remember algebra teachers need jobs. He also worries that students will lose interest and not continued learning if forced to make courses they are not good at and therefore not interested.
for first 200 years
followed a curriculum
3) Lester Thurow states "Education is a very lumpy investment where often there is little or no payoff from having a little bit more." ..."There are big returns to the first years of education (the education where one gains literacy) and big payoffs to the last years of education (a college or graduate degree where one distinguishes oneself from the pack) but only small payoffs to those years of education that move the individual from somewhat below average to somewhat above average." page 283 Lester is the former Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and this is fro his 1996 publication The Future of Capitalism: How Today's Economic Forces Shape Tomorrow's World
Bush II was correct with his "No Child Left Behind" because it stressed literacy for all, but he was wrong with required testing. Better test results for those in the middle just makes parents, tutors and publishers happy. Economist Thurow also thinks investing in our very brightest pays big returns.
4) Paul Krugman
feel "... the ever-rising wage premium for people
"When asked to make economic comments as if he were looking back on 1996 from 2096, economist Paul Krugman [professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University] said the following on what he called "The devaluation of higher education."
"Or consider the panic over "downsizing" that gripped America in 1996. As economists quickly pointed out, the rate at which Americans were losing jobs in the nineties was not especially high by historical standards. Why, then, did downsizing suddenly become news? Because for the first time white-collar, college-educated workers were being fired in large numbers, even while skilled machinists and other blue-collar workers were in high demand. This should have been a clear signal that the days of the ever-rising wage premium for people with higher education were over, but somehow nobody noticed ."p. 201 The Accidental Theorist and Other Dispatches from the Dismal Science
So Professor Krugman was speaking of a drop in the economic return of investing in college over fifteen years ago. Data on Demand for College Graduates
5) Charles Murray tried to encourage more investing in our best and brightest in his 1994 book, Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. He reinforced this meritocratic system stating with "HALF OF THE CHILDREN ARE BELOW AVERAGE, TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO COLLEGE. AMERICA'S FUTURE DEPENDS ON HOW WE EDUCATE THE ACADEMICALLY GIFTED, ABILITIES VARY" Charles is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a constant participant on C-SPAN.
When reading the book I thought academically talented students could care for themselves. Now, in our "Flat World," I feel they need special funding which is deserved because much studying is required. Educational returns for academic course are minimal for those academically average. Much can and must be done to educate all students. See Educating the Class of 2030
6) Alan Greenspan believes we can't forget about the middle. "The cost of educational egalitarianism is doubtless high and may be difficult to justify in terms of economic efficiency and short-term productivity. Some students can achieve a given level of education far more easily and therefore at far less cost, than others. Yet there is a danger in a democratic society in leaving some children out sync with its institutions. Such neglect contributes to exaggerated income concentration, and could conceivably be far more costly to the sustaining of capitalism and globalization in the long run. ." "Much of our skill shortage can be resolved with education reform. But that will take years." Alan is the former Chairman of The Federal Reserve, this is from The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World by published in 2007 by Penguin Group, pages 406 and 407 respectively.
I don't know if this is good news or not. Allan thinks investing in the middle cost a lot for little return, but if ignored, they might pull down the system and with it, my retirement income.
7) Frederic L. Pryor and David L. Schaffer feel It is those college-educated workers with functional literacy little better than the average high school graduate..." "... who end up in these lower-level jobs." from Whose Not Working and Why
8) Tyler Cowen believes education can create potentially valuable workers by helping them improve their production by using smart machines and that these two are stronger complements than ever. Students may not be able to calculate like computers but we can teach students to be better readers of character and emotion and to be the best interpreters of the masses of information provided by the behavioral sciences and big data. Not all students need to do programming but they need to easily make the most of technology. He sees educators as motivators and online managers rather than as a professor. From Average is Over, 2013 by Tyler Cowen the Holbert C. Harris Chair of economics and professor at George Mason University.
If Tyler is correct and a majority on workers will be hurt by Geekability then education must change dramatically before these predictions cause social unrest.
9) Alfie Kohn: In fact, there isn’t even a positive
correlation between, on the one hand, having younger children do
some homework (vs. none), or more (vs. less), and, on the other hand,
any measure of achievement. If we’re making 12-year-olds, much less
five-year-olds, do homework, it’s either because we’re misinformed about
what the evidence says or because we think kids ought to have to do
homework despite what the evidence says."
W. Churchill thinks educational appetite must not be destroyed.
P. Drucker wants students to concentrate only on what they do well.
A. Kohn thinks homework should be replaced with more useful learning experiences.
H College wants to connect to the lives students will lead beyond college
L. Thurow thought payoffs are minimal for those in the middle.
F. Pryor and D. Schaffer wrote that many college graduates learn little and earn little.
P. Krugman observed a drop in the economic return to investing in college over fifteen years ago.
C. Murray encourages more investing in our best and brightest.
A. Greenspan thinks not investing in the middle student could cause social unrest.
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Education is directed toward college and not employment.
the Supply of College Graduates
Academics who determine curriculum are not interested in jobs.
Publishers influence curriculum to make profits.
BLS Doesn't Provide Expected Oversupply Data
This Happened Because Investing in College Made Many People Happy. Now retired from a thirty-five year career of teaching high school, junior college and college students, I earned a good living because the U.S. invested a bunch of money! So much so that I retired at fifty-seven years of age. My fellow college teachers, many of whom took early retirement, were also happy. Especially with Pell Grants and government loans which provided much of our school's student funding. Parents attending graduation were always happy. The few very students that returned for homecoming were happy to tell of their success. All these happy people made politicians happy and supporting education got many of them elected. But were students economically successful? Were the writings of our business people and economist wasted? What do experts think about spending resources to academically educate all students.
From the Editor
Economic/business/education experts should get together and sponsor a contest to bring U.S. education into the twenty-first century and end our failed fifty-five-year love affair with college for everyone.1
I would contribute as I'm tired of seeing science community contests get all the prestige/publicity. firstname.lastname@example.org
Presidents Stress Preparing for College as experts from President Bush II gave us "No Child Left Behind" and testing requirements. The first stressed reading and was a prerequisite for the second, which we are told is a prerequisite for a successful college experience. Data says Otherwise. The trend continued when President Obama's experts stated we should lead the world in college graduates. I guess I read different experts than PO!
1 Russia launched Sputnik, the space race started as did a
quest by the U.S. to lead the world in science, math and engineering. It
was the STEM education of its day!
Projecting Russia's GDP twenty years into the futures doomed the U.S.
The same happened in the 1980's when Japan's GDP was projected, then it
was the European Union, and now it is China.
2 Of my eight nephews, the one who transferred to a vocational high school is by most criteria, the most successful. Second place goes to a 9th grade drop-out veteran who is a unionized police officer.
3 Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics 1/30/1