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Carnegie on the School Ethic

28th November 2012

Bryan Caplan has some wise words.

Education teaches people to show up on time, sit down, shut up, stay awake, and follow orders.  So it’s tempting to say, “School inculcates the work ethic.”  But that’s not quite right.  School inculcates the school ethic – and while the school ethic and the work ethic overlap, the overlap is far from perfect.

At least, that’s the plan. Judging by some of the people I’ve gone to school with, it doesn’t always work out that way in real life.

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