At EconLog, Bryan Caplan is previewing his next book on why education is a waste of time and money for people who don’t plan to become professors.
Most people who criticize our education system complain that we aren’t spending our money in the right way, or that ideologues-in-teachers’-clothes are leading our nation’s children down a dark path. While I mildly sympathize with some of these complaints, they often contradict what I see as the real problem with our educational system: There’s simply far too much education going on. The typical student burns up thousands of hours of his time learning about things that neither raise his productivity nor enrich his life. And of course, a student can’t waste thousands of hours of his time without real estate to do it in, or experts to show him how.
He has more here.
Actually, a lot of my education has proven useful or enriching, one way or the other. Not trigonometry perhaps, but quite a bit of the rest. Perhaps schooling is wasted on those who don’t become educated.