Education

"The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors"

Not quite. This is a classic Washington Post headline. The "world's top economists" turn out to be 1) Robert Shiller, who has a new book to plug, 2) the governor of Sweden's national bank, 3) the head of Australia's central bank, and 4) two Harvard economists who did a study which claims "By age 40, the earnings of people who majored in fields like social science or history have caught up [to STEM majors].”

That's it.

Read it if you like but I think the headline vastly overstates the evidence cited.

UPDATE: Link added.


"States are cutting university budgets. Taxpayers aren't interested in funding campus kooks"

Glenn Reynolds:

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make crazy. And higher education has become objectively crazy. It’s not a shock that taxpayers think their money might be better spent elsewhere than on subsidizing enclaves of insanity. It’s especially true when universities spend so much of their time attacking so many of the Americans who pay taxes to support them, from Trump voters, to Christians, to gun owners and businesspeople. It takes a lot of chutzpah to slap someone in the face and then put your hand out for money, but that’s what universities have been doing for decades and with special force over the past few years.