Failing on Purpose
How We Forgot What Public Education Is For

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A Guide to College-for-All

| Jan 19, 2022

The college-for-all model fails most Americans in favor of a “Fortunate Fifth” who proceed smoothly from high school to college to career.

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News & Commentary

Complacency and wasteful spending blight US higher education

| Dec 23, 2020

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass makes the case against forgiving billions of dollars of student debt and for rethinking our approach to higher education.

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How to Fix America: Stop Pushing College

| Dec 03, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES—In a Dealbook feature collecting ideas from a wide variety of leaders on how to improve the country, American Compass’s Oren Cass argues for shifting our focus away from college and toward providing strong, non-college career pathways.

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The “Big Quit” Is an Opportunity to Fix Our Broken Education System

| Oct 27, 2021

COVID-19 sent a shock wave through an already changing U.S. job market, provoking “a great reassessment of work in America.” This broad rethinking of work and human...

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How to Fix Widespread Buyer’s Remorse in Education

| Aug 23, 2021

A college degree has long been the key that unlocks success in America—the good job, the high salary, the professional networks. But many...

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Big Ed’s CARES Cash Dash

| Nov 23, 2020

The CARES Act, intended to address the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, offers especially generous tax treatment for charitable contributions in...

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Who Are College-or-Bust Charters Really For?

| Sep 30, 2020

In a recent post, Chris Arnade compared the American education system to strip mining, an analogy that Patrick Deneen uses in his book...

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Is A College Degree the Only Way to Succeed?

| Sep 26, 2020

During his growing up years, Mark, an underemployed contract laborer in his 30s, often heard his mother describe their town as “the devil’s...

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Our Educational Colonialism

| Jul 30, 2020

I get criticized for not talking about policy enough, so here we go: No Child Left Behind is a disaster, the spearhead of...

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