Summary of The New School
How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself
Why K-12 and undergraduate education are a bubble due to burst.
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.
Comment on this summary
2 years agoThe 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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