3.11.09

THE CHINESE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION. Three weeks ago, I made a claim.
It's probably going to be some time until self-despising administrators in those Chinese universities go on guilt trips about underserved Tibetans or marginalized Uighurs. Until that day, Chinese higher education will gain ground on a United States higher education too consumed with inclusion and access and too involved in positional arms races in basketball and football, and too willing to take high school graduates that haven't really finished grade school.
No worries, mate.

China has been cranking out college graduates at a breakneak pace, but the quality of the education has become highly suspect and, perhaps more importantly, there haven’t been nearly enough jobs to employ all the newly credentialed. In other words, simply producing more graduates — no matter how much it has frightened some people in America – has largely been a waste.

The obvious lesson from this should be that it’s foolish to simply make massively expanding the ranks of degree holders a national goal. But that doesn’t compute for many U.S. politicians, despite abundant evidence that we don’t need heaps more graduates anymore than China does.

Followup here.

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