My friend Bob Weissberg, a lifelong academic and sometime entrepreneur, makes the painfully persuasive argument that today's colleges and universities are making our workforce less effective by reinforcing traits that make for bad employees.
America lives in a fantasy world regarding education. We think that more years of schooling makes for more knowledgeable workers, when the truth is that we are promoting bad habits that are hard to reverse. Many business managers deal with that truth by hiring more motivated immigrants with solid work habits, giving their good employees more hours, or automating tasks.By all means read the whole thing. Oh, and Pogo, for the Philistines among you:
As far as improving American education by turning out ever more graduates, the venerable Professor Pogo nailed it: we have met the enemy and he is us.