Is Spending $1 Trillion on Education a Waste of Money? Bryan Caplan Says Yes.

“The Case Against Education” author and economist says “if all we’re trying to do is prepare people for a job, why not prepare them with a *job*?”

“It’s absolutely true that school makes people show up, sit down, shut up and that these are useful skills for people to have in adulthood,” says Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University, a blogger at EconLog, and the author of the new book The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. “So the real question is if all we’re trying to do is prepare people for a job, why not prepare them with a job?”

Caplan argues that schools are not only overpriced, but that traditional education fails to prepare students with job skills that reflect the needs of the labor market. Even worse,


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