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Cracks in the Ivory TowerThe Moral Mess of Higher Education$
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Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190846282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190846282.001.0001

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Neither Gremlins nor Poltergeists

Neither Gremlins nor Poltergeists

(p.1) 1 Neither Gremlins nor Poltergeists
(p.iii) Cracks in the Ivory Tower

Jason Brennan

Phillip Magness

Oxford University Press

This chapter first discusses the serious moral flaws in higher education. Universities’ problems are deep and fundamental: Most academic marketing is semi-fraudulent, grading is largely nonsense, students do not study or learn much, students cheat frequently, professors and administrators waste students’ money and time to line their own pockets, professors pump out unemployable graduate students for self-serving reasons, and so on. This book argues that academia’s problems are ingrained. Bad behaviors result from regular people reacting to bad incentives baked into academia. Chapter 1 also lists seven basic economic ideas and principles that people—including people who write about higher education—routinely ignore.

Keywords:   universities, higher education, moral flaws, academia, bad behavior

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