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Tile Setters, College Professors, and the Future of Higher Education

There are big changes afoot in the world of higher education.  This Washington Post story tries to highlight them by drawing parallels between higher education and the newspaper industry, but I think the analogy falls down quickly.

As many online commentators have pointed out, a good college experience has always involved much more interaction with both the experts (professors) and peers than reading a newspaper.  What most of them miss is that the very fact that they are discussing the article online is a reminder that there may already be reasonable substitutes for those interactions.

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