One Thought To Start Your Day
Everyone, it sometimes seems, wants more international students. But is it possible to have too many international students? And if so, when? These days, it’s a delicate question: but where public dollars are at stake, it’s a question worth asking.
There are three reasons why an institution might want to consider reining in the number of international students. They are:
Losing money. There are many good reasons why one might want to spend public money on non-citizens, but there are also … [ Read More ]
Sorry for the delay this AM, all. Long flight over the Atlantic yesterday.
There is a new book out from George Mason economics professor Bryan Caplan called The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money. It’s causing some brouhaha south of the border (you may have seen this article in The Atlantic).
There is a longstanding argument in economics about how to measure gains from education. Basically, there is the “human capital” view, which says that … [ Read More ]
There was a time – six years or so ago now – when people were talking about the death of universities and the rise of MOOCs. (A collection of my previous posts on MOOCs can be found here). Among the many, many things this debate obscured was the fact that education delivered online was almost as old as the internet itself. Online education was mature, not some newfangled idea (in the Silicon Valley version of history, everything not invented in … [ Read More ]
So, I got a bit of mail last week in response to my analysis of the COU data (as I usually do whenever I’m presenting data on academic loads) to the effect that I am being overly reductionist about the teaching loads and perhaps implying that profs aren’t working hard. Generally speaking, these comments come in two varieties and I will take the time to answer each of them.
The first line of critique has to do with unit of … [ Read More ]
So, the University of Toronto’s Jordan Peterson, who the Guardian describes as one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals, has written a self-help book called “12 rules for Life”. I read it so you don’t have to.
Honestly, the things I do for you folks.
First things first: the book is not some cheap attempt by Peterson to profit from his recent notoriety. In fact, the book seems to have been in the works well beforehand and has its origins in a Quora … [ Read More ]