The Case Against Education: Economist Bryan Caplan Says Government Spending of $1 Trillion a Year on Schooling Is a Waste

“It’s absolutely true that school makes people show up, sit down, shut up and that these are useful skills for people to have in adulthood, ” says Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University, who blogs at EconLog, and is the author of the new book The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. “So the real question is if all we’re trying to do is prepare people for a job, why not prepare them with a job?”

Caplan argues that schools are not only overpriced, but that traditional education fails to prepare students with job skills that reflect the needs of the labor market.

Reason’s Nick Gillespie sat down with Caplan to make the case that the government needs to spend so much on education if it isn’t relevant to our success in getting a job and earning higher wages.

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Interview by Nick Gillespie. Edited by Alexis Garcia. Camera by Meredith Bragg and Mark McDaniel.

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