Kraft of Writing

My podcast obsession recently led me to Freakonomics radio, where I clicked on the two-part “Freakonomics Goes to College.”

Part 1 was a look at how shockingly easily a college education can be falsified through online classes at for-profit colleges, or even the simple purchase of a diploma (for $180 I can get a degree from Columbia—who knew?).

Part 2, however, was one to which all of us in academia should have a listen.

The segment revolved around whether or not a college education really pays off for students and the parents who invest both time and money.

Students had mixed views. One said he thought that a bunch of people could sit around a park and talk over big ideas and accomplish far more than they did in college. Another said the current economics means a college might not lead to the best-paying job. Yet another said a college…

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