If a Harvard Degree is So Valuable, Why Not Franchise It?

But what if higher education is really just the final stage of a competitive tournament? From grades and test results through the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the colleges themselves, higher education sorts us all into a hierarchy. Kids at the top enjoy prestige because they’ve defeated everybody else in a competition to reach the schools that proudly exclude the most people. All the hard work at Harvard is done by the admissions officers who anoint an already-proven hypercompetitive elite. If that weren’t true — if superior instruction could explain the value of college — then why not franchise the Ivy League? Why not let more students benefit? It will never happen because the top U.S. colleges draw their mystique from zero-sum competition.


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 Thinking too highly of higher ed
Periodicals>Newspaper Article:  Thiel, Peter (November 21, 2014), Thinking too highly of higher ed, Washington Post, Retrieved on 2015-04-15
  • Source Material [www.washingtonpost.com]
  • Folksonomies: education academia


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