I was surprised by the first week’s reading selection, which delved far into education’s past for a course so explicitly concerned with its future. In class, Stevens tied those readings to our present course, highlighting the different purposes education has served over time, and pointing out that one of those purposes — the development and allocation of human capital — receives the lion’s share of the attention in policy discussions.
Setting aside the lens of policy, it would be interesting to look at different startups that have received either acclaim or funding and examine their assumptions about the purpose of an education. Would we find most of them focused on developing human capital also? Would we find any that didn’t?