How Tech Will Save Education

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Glenn Reynolds, law professor at the University of Tennessee, founder of the Instapundit blog, and author of  The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself (Encounter Books, 2014) argues the internet will allow students to bypass education bureaucracies and get low-cost, high quality educations.



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Comments [15]

Vic from .

Several points caught my attention in this discussion ~ When Mr. Reynolds, hypothetically, stated that if he were interviewing candidates for a job,
(a technical position?) he would, more than likely, select the candidate who was not carrying any financial debt (typically from a binding loan for higher education). He then casually gave his reason that the candidate who is debt free (&, in this case, an individual with an equivalency degree, on-line...) is more likely to be a 'happier worker', & wILLing to WORK FOR LESS MONEY. Wow...( ) What does this $ay ?
Of course, I'm sure Mr. Reynolds is already working for le$$ knowing that any day now, the prices for food, clothing, housing, fuel, education, medical, & legal expenses will all be coming down...There will be no more frustration & anger at the growing inequality in our society today. Adjustments will be made. That's fair capitalism.
So, go ahead, & hold your breath.
Without going into more details about what I heard in Mr. Reynolds' talk (I was hardly listening) the troubling notion here is, "DISCONNECT".

For further thought, check out this book by Michel Chossudovsky -

Jan. 30 2014 02:18 PM
gary from queens

You liberals must be deaf, dumb, and blind.

Reynolds unambiguously stated that Obama's use of executive orders were not as bad as is made out by his critics. But I guess you people hear too many dog whistles!

But on the matter of lawlessness generally, Senator Cruz enumerates Obama's violations of law and Constitution in his WSJ op-ed:

The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama
In the nation's history, there is simply no precedent for an American president so wantonly ignoring federal law.
By Ted Cruz connect
Jan. 28, 2014 6:57 p.m. ET

Jan. 30 2014 12:22 PM

Rachel Maddow had a chart last night, based on research by the American Presidency Project, documenting that Pres. Obama has issued the LEAST executive orders of any president in the past 100 years. Here is the link:

Of course these facts will not stop crazy Obama opponents from screaming that he is out of control and a dictator. But we should know the facts.

Jan. 30 2014 11:57 AM
Steve French from Pittsburgh

Reynolds is so disingenuous. Not only is the Republican meme that Obama is abusing his executive order prerogative false, but in fact, Obama has used it less than any other president save one since World War Two. Reynolds latches on to a no-brainer, obvious Republican overreach and acts like he's some kind of middle of the road political pundit.

The list of presidential executive order totals is here

Jan. 30 2014 11:53 AM
Steve French from Pittsburgh

Greenwald is so disingenuous. Not only is the Republican meme that Obama is abusing his executive order prerogative false, but in fact, Obama has used it less than any other president save one since World War Two. Greenwald latches on to a no-brainer, obvious Republican overreach and acts like he's some kind of middle of the road political pundit.

The list of presidential executive order totals is here

Jan. 30 2014 11:52 AM
Rj from prospect hts

Great. Instead of improving the underpaid life of adjunct instructors, make the lives of administrators worse by taking benefits and security away by making them adjuncts. What is it about this culture that we want to make our neighbors lives worse because someone higher up won't pay for parts of civil society--like educating its populace--that they benefit from?

Jan. 30 2014 11:46 AM
Maddie from Brooklyn

Tuned in when the woman with the aspergers son was on. Where did she say he takes his online courses? I think more needs to be explored re: educating children with special needs without resources.

Jan. 30 2014 11:44 AM

He does not know the difference between Mann and Dewey! He's a pundit.

Jan. 30 2014 11:42 AM
Laura from NJ

I just started taking EDX MOOC classes last week after reading this Atlantic Monthly article.

I think it will clarify that fact that you just mentioned re drop out rate. If I recall, once a person is enrolled it goes on books as a drop out until class is finished.

Jan. 30 2014 11:40 AM

Interesting. In some ways he's endorsing a Montessori-type of education.

What is his response to the data showing that charter schools have similar testing results? Those charter schools that abscond with public funds, i.e., recent news from Wisconsin are another legal problem.

Also, the student loan bubble is to some extent the privatization of college loans away from direct government loans & thus similar to the subprime private home loan bubble/crash.

And schools are learning that they have to find effective ways to integrate technology of all types into their curriculum. It's a matter of choosing appropriate use(s) & sometimes setting different classroom conduct depending on the tech gadgets in use.

Jan. 30 2014 11:35 AM
Jesse Strauss

I'm very happy to see a law school professor admitting that many higher education degrees are worth much less than the schools advertised, especially because of the tremendous debt carried by grads (which is like 150K on average for law school grads). But what do you think law schools owe to the tens of thousands of law school graduates who are underemployed or unemployed and who entered law school under the false assumptions that the schools had very high placement rates at high salaries?

Jan. 30 2014 11:34 AM

A disingenuous statement about student load debt. He said modest debt is $60,000 but average debt is half that.

He thinks because he's a law professor he's expert at education.

Jan. 30 2014 11:32 AM

Nonsense. My degree has helped me in the acquisition of jobs as well as obtaining a better salary. Certificates are a possible avenue for some but not all.

Jan. 30 2014 11:27 AM

another libertarian crank,misplacing blame,and offering a solution that's based on the so called "free market". a privatization freaks dark dream of a neo-feudal fantasy.

Jan. 30 2014 11:22 AM
gary from queens

Finally, a conservative guest appears. Who knows, maybe a businessman might find his way onto this show and explain, for the first time on the BL show, the folly in demonizing wealth and corporations?

But the biggest cowards are in hollywood and media. SUPER wealthy folks like Michael Moore, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Dave Letterman, etc. They rely on the wealth accumulated by big corporations, when it's time to get a paycheck worth millions. Yet to APPEAR saintly in the eyes of the masses, they join in on the demonization of the wealthy and business class.

Where the heck do they think jobs come from? It comes from PRIVATE investment. Not government "investment." That's an oxymoron. Governments do not invest or create wealth. government merely redistributes wealth that was created by non government enterprises, and taken by government thru taxes. THAT wealth is what builds roads and bridges, Mr. Obama.

Government is just the conduit----not the "investor". Government doesnt invest. It just spends. If government spending determined economic success, then the Soviet Union would be a mono superpower today and Cuba would have become the "Singapore" of the Caribean

Jan. 30 2014 10:11 AM

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