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Law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds offers compelling evidence that the American system of education – at all levels – will experience massive change in the near future. Public education in the US hasn’t changed much since the late 19th century. Yet inflation-adjusted costs – to taxpayers, parents and students – are skyrocketing. Despite massive investments in education, high school graduation rates and literacy levels are evidence of stagnating or deteriorating results. In an era of fiscal austerity, near bankrupt state and local governments, out-of-control student debt, and frustrated stakeholders, something has to give – and soon. Inevitably, some start-up enterprise soon will stumble onto the killer application for learning, and that will change everything. getAbstract recommends this short, repetitive but insightful treatise to teachers, professors, parents, students, education administrators and educational entrepreneurs.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the US’s current public K-12 school systems and colleges can’t continue, and
  • What form of education is likely to replace them.

About the Author

Glenn Harlan Reynolds teaches law at the University of Tennessee. His political blog Instapundit is among the most influential and widely read American blogs.



“Assembly Line” Education
America’s structured, standardized K-12 system of education evolved from local, informal one-room schoolhouses where lone teachers shared nonstandardized curricula with students from ages six to sixteen. As early as the American Revolution, local school systems...

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    Patrick MacKelvie 3 years ago
    The idea I found most compelling was that of the rise and significance of online education. From my vantage, this has already taken hold and will continue to grow in utility and accessibility, particularly in the higher-ed space. While I'd argue there is no substitute for hands-on learning in certain applications, the sheer accessibility of online education will drive continued adoption.

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