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Seller: Top-Rated Seller the_nile (1,027,679) 99.3%, Location: Sydney, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 152850065615 FREE SHIPPING AUSTRALIA WIDE Case Against Education by Bryan Caplan Why we need to stop wasting public funds on educationDespite 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 casually forget most of what they learn after the final exam, why decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for the average worker but instead in runaway credential inflation, how employers reward workers for costly schooling they rarely if ever use, and why cutting education spending is the best remedy.Caplan draws on the latest social science to show how the labor market values grades over knowledge, and why the more education your rivals have, the more you need to impress employers. He explains why graduation is our societys top conformity signal, and why even the most useless degrees can certify employability. He advocates two major policy responses. The first is educational austerity. Government needs to sharply cut education funding to curb this wasteful rat race. The second is more vocational education, because practical skills are more socially valuable than teaching students how to outshine their peers.Romantic notions about education being "good for the soul" must yield to careful research and common sense-The Case against Education points the way. FORMAT Hardcover LANGUAGE English CONDITION Brand New Author Biography Bryan Caplan is professor of economics at George Mason University and a blogger at EconLog. He is the author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun than You Think and The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies (Princeton). He lives in Oakton, Virginia. Table of Contents List of Illustrations ixList of Tables xiPreface xiiiIntroduction 11 The Magic of Education 92 The Puzzle Is Real: The Ubiquity of Useless Education 313 The Puzzle Is Real: The Handsome Rewards of Useless Education 694 The Signs of Signaling: In Case Youre Still Not Convinced 965 Who Cares If Its Signaling? The Selfish Return to Education 1246 We Care If Its Signaling: The Social Return to Education 1657 The White Elephant in the Room: We Need Lots Less Education 1958 1 > 0: We Need More Vocational Education 2259 Nourishing Mother: Is Education Good for the Soul? 23810 Five Chats on Education and Enlightenment 262Conclusion 285Technical Appendix: Completion Probability and Student Quality 291Notes 295References 337Index 381 Review "A persuasive indictment of his own industry."---Gene Epstein, City Journal "A book that America has needed for a long time. If we ever reach a turning point where most of us reject the idea that government should mandate and subsidize certain kinds of education, Bryan Caplan will have a lot to do with it."---George Leef, Forbes "Its like the case against parentings role in shaping children: I dont want to believe it, but the data force you take it seriously. Good book."---Charles Murray, "The Case Against Education is a brilliant book that you should read, though youll probably reject its conclusions without really considering them."---Jake Seliger, "The Case Against Education is powerfully argued, provocative but not polemical, marrying a wealth of evidence with an engaging writing style. . . . After 300 pages, Caplans outlandish proposals seem not just plausible but natural conclusions, whether or not you share his ideological commitments."---Aveek Bhattacharya, London School of Economics Review of Books "Would-be students and their parents are rethinking the assumption that a good life is impossible without an expensive degree--not to mention the chase for college admission that begins at kindergarten if not before. [This new book] may help to let out a little more air."---Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal "It is an excellent book, on an important topic. Beyond such cheap talk, I offer the costly signal of having based an entire chapter of our new book on his book. Thats how good and important I think it is. . . . Caplan offers plausible evidence that school functions to let students show employers that they are smart, conscientious, and conformist. And surely this is in fact a big part of what is going on."---Robin Hanson, Overcoming Bias "One of Bloomberg Opinions Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2018 (Stephen L. Carter)" "The Case Against Education lays the groundwork for readers to think anew about education, what it does and ought to do, what place it holds and ought to hold in American society. It ought to be a wake-up call for all Americans, especially those who seek to champion education without explaining why its a worthy cause."---Ian Lindquis, The Weekly Standard "Im not sure hes right, especially about education being almost entirely for the purpose of signaling, but goodness does he make a strong case. Agree with him or not, youll never look at the schools and colleges in quite the same way."---Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg Opinion "[Caplans] evidence, trends and intuition suggest he has an important point."---Ryan Bourne, The Telegraph "Economist Bryan Caplan of George Mason University has crunched the data for years from every angle and argues devastatingly . . . that college is, for many of those who go there, a boondoggle."---Kyle Smith, National Review Online "[Caplan] is also frequently infuriating. But when he is right, he is very right. The Case Against Education, a book 10 years in the making, is a case of Caplan being right."---Charles Fain Lehman, Washington Free Beacon "Caplan delivers a tightly knit, compelling indictment of the vastly inflated, scandalously over-priced and often socially deleterious Ponzi scheme that American higher education has become."---Aram Bakshian Jr., Washington Times "Like most fascinating authors, Caplan, too, has scrumptious contradictions. . . . Whatever the truth is, this book is recommended to parents, high school teachers, and college professors for gaining valuable insights into the dynamics of useless education."---L. Ali Khan, NY Journal of Books "His words might be hard to digest. But with dismal school performance and achievement year after year, its worth challenging the assumptions we make about the education systems that now envelop childhood."---Kaitlyn Buss, Detroit News "You probably wont agree with everything he says . . . but his broadside is worth considering carefully given that the U.S. spends $1 trillion or so a year on education at all levels, more than the budget for defense."---Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek "Bryan Caplan raises an important question in [his] controversial new book, The Case Against Education. How much of the benefits of a degree comes from the skills you acquire in studying for it? And how much from the piece of paper at the end - what your degree certificate signals to employers about the skills and attributes you might have had long before you filled in a unviersity application form?"---Sonia Sodha, The Guardian "Bryan Caplan is perhaps the most natural social science book writer I have met, besides myself of course. Not only does he want people to agree with him, he insists that they agree with him for the right reasons."---Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution "Cogently argued."---Megan McArdle, Washington Post "One of Tyler Cowens Best Non-Fiction Books of 2018" "Excellent argument by Bryan Caplan, but missed something central: convexity of trial-and-error & heuristic learning."---Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Details ISBN0691174652 Author Bryan Caplan Pages 416 Publisher Princeton University Press ISBN-10 0691174652 ISBN-13 9780691174655 Format Hardcover Imprint Princeton University Press Subtitle Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money Place of Publication New Jersey Country of Publication United States Birth 1971 Illustrations 45 b/w illus. 17 tables. DEWEY 371.010973 Media Book Year 2018 Publication Date 2018-01-30 Language English Translated from English We've got this At The Nile, if you're looking for it, we've got it. 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