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Does Education Matter?: Myths About Education and Economic Growth (Penguin Business) Paperback – November 25, 2003
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Professor Alison Wolf of King's College in London challenges the conventional wisdom in this extraordinarily insightful book. Actually, it's more than a challenge -- it's a thorough refutation. She demonstrates that the "knowledge economy" does not significantly change the broad contours of the labor force, that a high public "investment" in formal higher education is neither necessary nor sufficient for strong economic growth; and that the best educational policy to follow would be to ensure that young students learn well the academic basics (which many now don't, even if they graduate from college).
Does Education Matter? is absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in educational policy.
Another theme of the book is that centrally directed educational policies, especially if aimed at promoting equality, failed in the UK and are likely to fail elsewhere.Read more ›
Wolf also analyzes the sorry history of the attempt to marry business driven vocational education with public funding. It hasn't worked. The German apprentice system has been envied by many countries for at least 150 years but no country has been able to replicate it. Wolf argues that the apprentice system is very expensive, you have to convince kids to forego lost earnings from jobs that they have not taken in order to complete the apprentice training and only for certain industries does it make sense anyway.
If you, like me, have thought that many American college students with no real interest in anything academic would be better off doing vocational training, Wolf has some excellent arguments why that little fantasy will remain just that.
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Overall, good read. However, the author perhaps take son too many issues and does not tie up the loose ends on any. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by John L. Glascock
I rate the book like this because is concentrated in one region only (UK) with some references to others but stil I believe is a good book because the arguments Ms. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Armando Navarrete