The New School
How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself
Glenn Harlan Reynolds
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Economist Herb Stein famously said that something that can't go on forever, won't. For decades now, America has been investing ever-growing fortunes into its K-12 education system in exchange for steadily worse results. Public schools haven't changed much from the late 19th century industrial model and as a result young Americans are left increasingly unprepared for a competitive global economy. At the same time, Americans are spending more than they can afford on higher education, driven by the kind of cheap credit that fueled the housing bubble. With college graduates unable to secure employment or pay off student loans, the real-world value of a traditional college education is in question.
In The New School, Glenn Harlan Reynolds explains how parents, students and educators can, and must, reclaim and remake American education. Already, Reynolds explains, many Americans are abandoning traditional education for new models. Many are going to charter schools or private schools, but others are going another step beyond and making the leap to online educationover 1.8 million K-12 students already.
The New School does not prescribe a one-size-fits-all solution for education. Americans require a diverse system of innovative approacheseach suited to a family’s needs and spending potential. But with the profusion of online education, school choice, and even a return to alternatives like apprenticeships and on the job training, Americans hold the power to lower costs and improve outcomes from the ground up.
This was very well written and provides a lot of insight into what is going on in our education system and how it needs to change. He identifies some of the problems but nothing in the way of solutions. I was glad to see him go into K-12 because that is where I think part of the answer has to start. We have too many kids dropping out of school, not even going to school and being raised in single family homes that are well below the poverty line. We need to come up with the answers to this situation also.