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The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    The prior reviewer clearly has an agenda that does not synch wit

    The prior reviewer clearly has an agenda that does not synch with Dr. Reynolds' views. While Reynolds takes a very business-like view of the matter, including his prescriptions for improvement/change, it seems to be a much better view than continuing "more of the same" which has gotten us to this point. I marvel at the stand of those who think there's nothing wrong with our education system that more money won't fix.

    For those like myself who are not education professionals, Reynolds' summary of the history of education in the USA should be an eye opener on how we came to have the system we do. It would be useful if critics of Reynolds were to examine the success of institutions like Webster University,  no non-profit school with 20+ locations in 8countries on four continents that educate 20,000+ students. A school that has a cash-flow POSITIVE operating budget, has 30%+ "diversity" students and earns a 60% graduation rate.there is a school doing things correctly, without massive subsidizing of its operating budget by a large endowment and who is expanding every year. Did I mention it is a nominally non-profit school? 

    Those in education may not like Reynolds' views but they can not argue that the status quo is sustainable. As for the liberal arts and humanities in the future, there is a place for them but those who pursue such degrees can not complain is a skills-hungry job market does not value their learning as highly as their peers with not more commercially attractive skill sets. A "must read" for anyone interested in the topic. 

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