This afternoon Andy Rotherham’s blog entry highlighted unusually high agreement in a Lake Research survey with a generic statement about the economic rationale for improving high school academics. I’ve been sitting on some thoughts about Tyler Cowen, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, John Marsh, and others, but the general pattern here should not surprise anyone. Americans continue to have faith in formal schooling.
What may surprise observers is the maintenance of extraordinarily strong beliefs in the economic importance of education through the last few years of the Lesser Depression and its aftermath/continuance. The question Rotherham highlighted was about high school education; I would be very curious to see what the response would be to a parallel question with “college(s)” substitute for “high school(s).”