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Education, Profit, and Correlation

May 4, 2010

Frontline just ran an excellent program on for-profit universities that lays out what a lot of us in non-traditional colleges already know. Words pretty much fail on this one, but here are a few:

Success is the route to a college education.
A college education is the route to success.

These two sentences mean very, very different things, yet I fear that plenty of folks are unaware of the distinction. Correlation is a tricky, tricky monster. The meritocracy: you are not soaking in it.

Some of us are working to change things. For now, if folks could stop lining their pockets while intentionally confounding the two things, that’d be super.

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