College, Reinvented

College, Reinvented | David Schwen | Chronicle of Higher Education | 19 October, 2012

Last month you could see who was lining up against higher education just by looking at the local magazine rack. It seemed to be pretty much everyone.

Newsweek ran a provocative cover story—”Is College a Lousy Investment?”—which suggested that we might be better off sending kids into jobs and apprenticeships. The conservatives at The Weekly Standard were bemoaning the death of Western literature, blaming its demise on “the general crisis of higher education,” which was “the next big bubble to burst.” And Utne Reader, the lefty digest, used a scornful image to push its cover story about “indentured students”: a cartoon of Albert Einstein flipping burgers.

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