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January 14, 2014

"The School of the Instapundit: Glenn Reynolds on reforming education, the Internet, and more"

Kathryn Lopez at NRO interviews Glenn about his new book, "The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself". 

KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: So what’s the cocktail-party answer to what “the new school” is?

GLENN REYNOLDS: Both higher and K–12 education in America are based on models imported from 19th-century Germany. In 21st-century America, those models are woefully out of date.

Excerpt from the book.

I hope he's right. But he may be underestimating the power of the vested interests--teachers' unions, tenured faculty, administrators at all levels--to maintain the current system. Big changes might be another 20 years or more off.

(Oh, I almost forgot another vested interest: big-time college athletics and the people who love them. See, if you have a strong stomach, "Some college athletes play like adults, read like 5th-graders".)

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