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The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

by Bryan Caplan,
Psychology Today, February 20, 2018

More than a century ago, Andrew Carnegie declared that “men have sent their sons to colleges to waste their energies upon obtaining a knowledge of such languages as Greek and Latin, which are of no more practical use to them than Choctaw…They have been ‘educated’ as if they were destined for life upon some other planet than this…Had they gone into active work during the years they spent at college they would have been better educated men in every true send of that term.”


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