The GSV Big 10: Let's Rumble.
Here's your weekly coverage corner for the top 10 stories, insights, and major plays in learning and skilling.
#1 How the Teachers Union Broke Public Education
COVID exposed the flaws in a bunch of things. The teachers union is not about helping kids, it’s about helping adults. Do you want your kids being taught by impassioned educators or by DMV employees who can’t get fired?
#2 TV Host Mike Rowe: Dirty Jobs vs. Clean Unemployment
"We are lending money we don't have to kids who cannot pay it back so they can get jobs that don't exist." Making rational choices on how time and money is spent vs. outcomes is going to be the clear debate.
#3 At High School Debates, Debate Is No Longer Allowed
In a world where the former POTUS is kicked off social media and/or a satire site gets banned, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that you can’t debate at Debate anymore. At least if you don’t identify as a “Marxist-Leninist-Maoist.”
#4 Student-Loan Debt 'Crisis' Doesn't Exist
The fact that student debt is nearly 2x credit card debt is stunning, but not the real crisis. The existential threat to the higher education system is that the ROE on a college degree looks like Cathie Wood’s portfolio in 2022.
#5 More High-School Grads Forgo College in Hot Labor Market
See #4. Here’s a formula that doesn’t work for the future of higher ed. Too much debt (no way out), bad ROE, and companies that aren’t requiring a diploma.
#6 Community college enrollment grows after decade of declines
Put the community back into college. Increasingly, people are acquiring the knowledge, skills, and credentials they need to succeed in the neighborhood.
#7 Most in US say don't ban race in college admissions but its role should be small
What universities should be looking for are hearts and smarts. Bringing talent into an education system that allows them to learn and thrive is the goal. But by definition, you shouldn’t be excluded by your race, your gender, or by anything.
#8 Learneo Advances Platform Strategy with Second Acquisition this Year
Learneo is creating an affordable, scaled platform for lifelong learning. Out of the public eye, Learneo is quietly becoming a juggernaut in digital learning.
#9 North Carolina Governor Declares ‘State of Emergency’ Over Education Debate
They called it political theater when DeSantis sent illegal immigrants to their favorite politician’s vacation destination (we didn’t believe in that either). Now you’re calling a “state of emergency” over giving kids and families choices in a failing public education system? That’s the real crisis.
#10 Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History Investigates Columbia University College Rankings Scandal
U.S. News, you lose. Malcolm Gladwell has been a ferocious and compelling advocate for quality education for all…the success of Rowan Univeristy and the absurdity of the elite liberal arts college cartel. Can’t wait for the upcoming skewering of the rankings industrial complex.