The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

Despite being immensely popular--and immensely lucrative?education is grossly overrated. In this explosive book, Bryan Caplan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conformity?in other words, to signal the qualities of a good employee. Learn why students hunt for easy As and casuall Despite being immensely popular--and immensely lucrative?education is grossly overrated. In this explosive book, Br...

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The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money Reviews

  • Jeff Raymond
    Jul 23, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

    I am trying to be more selective in reading books that confirm things I know these days. Not necessarily for ?expand your bubble? reasons, since I could honestly use some more people who agree with me in my various feeds, but just because it is kind of dull to nod along at somethi...

  • Shawn
    Mar 09, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

  • Don
    Jan 17, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

  • Ryan Lackey
    Aug 31, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

  • Alberto
    May 11, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

  • Les Hollingsworth
    Jul 22, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

  • Max Nova
    Jan 28, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

  • Briana
    Jun 14, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

    I am trying to be more selective in reading books that confirm things I know these days. Not necessarily for ?expand your bubble? reasons, since I could honestly use some more people who agree with me in my various feeds, but just because it is kind of dull to nod along at somethi...

    These are just a few quick thoughts: I cannot pretend to offer a more substantive (favorable) summary than several that already exist, including this one written just yesterday: https://quillette.com/2018/06/03/brya.... Caplan's own blog is also rewardingly revealing: you get to see hi...

    I think Bryan?s argument is compelling, and definitely controversial. I agree that credential inflation has become widespread in society, and that part of education?s payoff comes from signaling. I even agree that our country probably spends too much subsidizing education. But I do...

    Caplan presented an excellent case here. No, he doesn?t hate education, but wants it to be more fruitful for the students. His several arguments and theories were sound and he supplied ?steelmanned? counter arguments to each point. The last chapter was fun. It consisted of five c...

    This was a pretty compelling case that most education is just signalling and government education spending should be radically reduced. ...

    Bryan is brilliant. What I enjoy about his writings is his clarity, courage, and intellectual thoroughness. This book is no different. ...

    Based on the summaries and reviews, I agree with Caplan's view that education does not deliver as it promises. Ask most school board members and they probably will say sciences, history, social studies, language arts are the first priority of schools, and skills building is the second....

    Initial Thoughts: I don't disagree with Caplan's points about credential inflation and education often being a matter of "signalling" skills rather than a matter of learning useful things (or even non-useful things). However, the book is so repetitive and unclearly structured that I ca...

  • Dan Graser
    Mar 20, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

  • Daniel Lucraft
    Jan 25, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

  • Ann Cooper
    Feb 05, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

  • Daniel Frank
    Dec 25, 2017

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

  • Duong Tan
    Apr 23, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

  • Coleman Ross
    Apr 04, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

  • Sean Rosenthal
    May 05, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

  • Tom
    Feb 04, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

    I am trying to be more selective in reading books that confirm things I know these days. Not necessarily for ?expand your bubble? reasons, since I could honestly use some more people who agree with me in my various feeds, but just because it is kind of dull to nod along at somethi...

    These are just a few quick thoughts: I cannot pretend to offer a more substantive (favorable) summary than several that already exist, including this one written just yesterday: https://quillette.com/2018/06/03/brya.... Caplan's own blog is also rewardingly revealing: you get to see hi...

    I think Bryan?s argument is compelling, and definitely controversial. I agree that credential inflation has become widespread in society, and that part of education?s payoff comes from signaling. I even agree that our country probably spends too much subsidizing education. But I do...

    Caplan presented an excellent case here. No, he doesn?t hate education, but wants it to be more fruitful for the students. His several arguments and theories were sound and he supplied ?steelmanned? counter arguments to each point. The last chapter was fun. It consisted of five c...

    This was a pretty compelling case that most education is just signalling and government education spending should be radically reduced. ...

  • Auntie Greed
    Feb 21, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

    I am trying to be more selective in reading books that confirm things I know these days. Not necessarily for ?expand your bubble? reasons, since I could honestly use some more people who agree with me in my various feeds, but just because it is kind of dull to nod along at somethi...

    These are just a few quick thoughts: I cannot pretend to offer a more substantive (favorable) summary than several that already exist, including this one written just yesterday: https://quillette.com/2018/06/03/brya.... Caplan's own blog is also rewardingly revealing: you get to see hi...

    I think Bryan?s argument is compelling, and definitely controversial. I agree that credential inflation has become widespread in society, and that part of education?s payoff comes from signaling. I even agree that our country probably spends too much subsidizing education. But I do...

    Caplan presented an excellent case here. No, he doesn?t hate education, but wants it to be more fruitful for the students. His several arguments and theories were sound and he supplied ?steelmanned? counter arguments to each point. The last chapter was fun. It consisted of five c...

    This was a pretty compelling case that most education is just signalling and government education spending should be radically reduced. ...

    Bryan is brilliant. What I enjoy about his writings is his clarity, courage, and intellectual thoroughness. This book is no different. ...

    Based on the summaries and reviews, I agree with Caplan's view that education does not deliver as it promises. Ask most school board members and they probably will say sciences, history, social studies, language arts are the first priority of schools, and skills building is the second....

  • Adelaide Mcginnity
    Jun 12, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

  • Lee Richardson
    Apr 01, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

    I am trying to be more selective in reading books that confirm things I know these days. Not necessarily for ?expand your bubble? reasons, since I could honestly use some more people who agree with me in my various feeds, but just because it is kind of dull to nod along at somethi...

    These are just a few quick thoughts: I cannot pretend to offer a more substantive (favorable) summary than several that already exist, including this one written just yesterday: https://quillette.com/2018/06/03/brya.... Caplan's own blog is also rewardingly revealing: you get to see hi...

    I think Bryan?s argument is compelling, and definitely controversial. I agree that credential inflation has become widespread in society, and that part of education?s payoff comes from signaling. I even agree that our country probably spends too much subsidizing education. But I do...

    Caplan presented an excellent case here. No, he doesn?t hate education, but wants it to be more fruitful for the students. His several arguments and theories were sound and he supplied ?steelmanned? counter arguments to each point. The last chapter was fun. It consisted of five c...

    This was a pretty compelling case that most education is just signalling and government education spending should be radically reduced. ...

    Bryan is brilliant. What I enjoy about his writings is his clarity, courage, and intellectual thoroughness. This book is no different. ...

    Based on the summaries and reviews, I agree with Caplan's view that education does not deliver as it promises. Ask most school board members and they probably will say sciences, history, social studies, language arts are the first priority of schools, and skills building is the second....

    Initial Thoughts: I don't disagree with Caplan's points about credential inflation and education often being a matter of "signalling" skills rather than a matter of learning useful things (or even non-useful things). However, the book is so repetitive and unclearly structured that I ca...

    Entering my last year of education (PhD, Statistics), it's hard not to notice that something isn't quite right. For example, as a TA, and as a student in courses myself, it is clear that students just want to know what to write for the exams so they can get a good grade. And that's rea...

  • Byrne
    Jan 23, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

  • Nathaniel
    Jun 04, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

    I am trying to be more selective in reading books that confirm things I know these days. Not necessarily for ?expand your bubble? reasons, since I could honestly use some more people who agree with me in my various feeds, but just because it is kind of dull to nod along at somethi...

    These are just a few quick thoughts: I cannot pretend to offer a more substantive (favorable) summary than several that already exist, including this one written just yesterday: https://quillette.com/2018/06/03/brya.... Caplan's own blog is also rewardingly revealing: you get to see hi...

  • Rutger
    Aug 07, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

  • Shane Hawk
    May 27, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

    I am trying to be more selective in reading books that confirm things I know these days. Not necessarily for ?expand your bubble? reasons, since I could honestly use some more people who agree with me in my various feeds, but just because it is kind of dull to nod along at somethi...

    These are just a few quick thoughts: I cannot pretend to offer a more substantive (favorable) summary than several that already exist, including this one written just yesterday: https://quillette.com/2018/06/03/brya.... Caplan's own blog is also rewardingly revealing: you get to see hi...

    I think Bryan?s argument is compelling, and definitely controversial. I agree that credential inflation has become widespread in society, and that part of education?s payoff comes from signaling. I even agree that our country probably spends too much subsidizing education. But I do...

    Caplan presented an excellent case here. No, he doesn?t hate education, but wants it to be more fruitful for the students. His several arguments and theories were sound and he supplied ?steelmanned? counter arguments to each point. The last chapter was fun. It consisted of five c...

  • Ronald J.
    Mar 20, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

  • Eric
    May 22, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

  • Aayush Kucheria
    Jan 20, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

  • Amy Cummings
    Feb 27, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

    I am trying to be more selective in reading books that confirm things I know these days. Not necessarily for ?expand your bubble? reasons, since I could honestly use some more people who agree with me in my various feeds, but just because it is kind of dull to nod along at somethi...

    These are just a few quick thoughts: I cannot pretend to offer a more substantive (favorable) summary than several that already exist, including this one written just yesterday: https://quillette.com/2018/06/03/brya.... Caplan's own blog is also rewardingly revealing: you get to see hi...

    I think Bryan?s argument is compelling, and definitely controversial. I agree that credential inflation has become widespread in society, and that part of education?s payoff comes from signaling. I even agree that our country probably spends too much subsidizing education. But I do...

  • Alex O'Connor
    May 09, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

  • Stephanie Dunn
    Jan 30, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

  • Bull Trap
    Jan 28, 2018

    I consider it important to read genuine works of scholarship that present an opinion or position that is diametrically opposed to my own, especially as pertains to my profession in collegiate-level education. Thus reading a book called, "The Case Against Education," is an important act...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book has provoked a storm of criticism, from both laypeople and fellow economists. Fortunately, Caplan has taken the time to rebut his opponents, point-by-point. He put these rebuttals into a book called The Case Against Education, and I recommend his critics read ...

    Half way through this book I thought ?ok I?m convinced, no need to go on about it?. By the time I finished it I felt as though every opinion I had on education had been reshaped. For instance, the other day I watched a YouTube video discussing how to use gamification to increa...

    Bryan Caplan?s new book is a devastating and depressing take down of the education system. Caplan argues that the education system does little to educate and that most of the gains we see from education are not linked to what students may learn. If he?s right, then most of the curr...

    I read it so you don't have to. Some useful information for the current debate topic, but it was hard to take this libertarian screed against education too seriously. And that was before I got to the chapter that calls for relaxed regulations on child labor. ...

    3.5 stars. Tough book to rate: I really enjoyed reading the book. Kaplan is a very earnest writer and the book was a lot of fun to read. The book was well researched, and when he was guessing or making conjectures, he was very upfront about that. However, I really just could not agree ...

    Interesting Quotes: "Learning doesn't have to be useful. Learning doesn't have to be inspiring. When learning is neither useful nor inspirational, though, how can we call it anything but wasteful?" -Bryan Caplan, the Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of ...

    Caplan makes an excellent case against the Education-Government Complex on multiple grounds ? that the value of education is primarily (80%?) signaling vs skill, that the skills taught are largely irrelevant to most students, that students don?t get much skill or viewpoint change f...

    Terrible. I agree with the author that much of what passes for education today is in fact a complete waste of individual time and a misallocation of societal resources. The case needs to be made. But this book epically fails to make it. Much of it is simplistic, and the few goo...

    The author makes some really strong points, with the necessary backup stats. This book, though dry at times, is a must read for everyone interested in education, or going through education. Though I may not agree with all the points, the book is a really informative read by an author ...

    Full review and highlights at https://books.max-nova.com/case-against-education There are two theories for why education is beneficial for individuals. The "human capital" model says that you go to school and learn valuable skills. The "signaling" model says that school is just a st...

    I hate to give this book a bad rating. For one, I agree wholeheartedly with his general thesis; education's value is most certainly less about what you know and more about the piece of paper that claims that you know it. I also agree that society could benefit greatly from spending les...

    Foremost, it?s important to commend Dr. Caplan for sticking his neck out to question and challenge popular notions about the educational system. He?s presenting a really rebellious position/argument and that questioning makes us all better. As a faculty myself (in a ?practical?...

    As a 51-year-old pursing a Masters degree in Mathematics so that I can teach "high school mathematics" at the community college level (when I already have high school teaching experience, a Masters in Education, and teaching certifications), I'm currently living this book, as almost al...

    I don't read (well, listen to, these days) a lot of non-fiction, but the premise of the book caught my eye and I figured I'll give it a chance. It's a well written and well narrated examination of the value of the modern education system to society (as opposed to individuals taking pa...

    According to this book's logic, the world should invest more and more and more in informal education. => HocvienAgile.com and CodeGym.vn are on the the right track :-) ...

    Former Harvard president Derek Bok once quipped: ?If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.? He should read this book. Bryan Caplan believes that our educational system is a waste of time and money. America spent over $1.1 trillion on it in 2011, and chanting ?investmen...

    So right and so wrong. I was both validated and distressed by this book: validated because I agree that the value of school comes not from its usefulness but from the signals it sends, and distressed because I disagree with his interpretation of what those signals mean. Like Caplan, ...

    one of the most important policy books(/ideas) this century ...

    A provocative read that turns everything you ever thought about education upside-down. The author, an economist, monetizes and calculates cost benefits (it's dismaying to see the commodification of people). But also includes discussion of less pragmatic reasons why more education might...

    Nowadays, the MSM, social media and political partisans are blamed for spreading fake news; banks, governments and economists are blamed for debt-based fake wealth; David Graeber and basic income proponents tell us most people perform bullshit jobs; and here we have Bryan Caplan tellin...

    I am trying to be more selective in reading books that confirm things I know these days. Not necessarily for ?expand your bubble? reasons, since I could honestly use some more people who agree with me in my various feeds, but just because it is kind of dull to nod along at somethi...

    These are just a few quick thoughts: I cannot pretend to offer a more substantive (favorable) summary than several that already exist, including this one written just yesterday: https://quillette.com/2018/06/03/brya.... Caplan's own blog is also rewardingly revealing: you get to see hi...

    I think Bryan?s argument is compelling, and definitely controversial. I agree that credential inflation has become widespread in society, and that part of education?s payoff comes from signaling. I even agree that our country probably spends too much subsidizing education. But I do...

    Caplan presented an excellent case here. No, he doesn?t hate education, but wants it to be more fruitful for the students. His several arguments and theories were sound and he supplied ?steelmanned? counter arguments to each point. The last chapter was fun. It consisted of five c...

    This was a pretty compelling case that most education is just signalling and government education spending should be radically reduced. ...

    Bryan is brilliant. What I enjoy about his writings is his clarity, courage, and intellectual thoroughness. This book is no different. ...