The Bubble: How Higher Education Abandoned its Mission and Became America’s Most Over-Rated Product

The Bubble: How Higher Education Abandoned its Mission and Became America’s Most Over-Rated Product

Publication Date
2019

Featuring

  • Bryan Caplan
  • Jonathan Haidt
  • Greg Lukianoff
  • Harvey Silverglate
  • Jonathan Rauch
  • R. Shep Melnick

A new vernacular has emerged on college campuses — safe spaces, “microaggressions,” triggers warnings, etc.—based on an unhealthy victim mentality that is spreading. Universities used to be places where ideas could be challenged and discussed in the open, but today they are bubbles that insulate their students from any speech that could be deemed offensive.

Meanwhile, government subsidizes higher education to the tune of more than $100 billion dollars each year, and many observers believe that student loan debt is the next big financial bubble. While the problems of student loans, subsidies to higher education, and free speech on campus may seem like separate topics, this volume of collected interviews shows how closely related they are, in fact. Each of my guests has written a book that presents a different angle of the story of how college became such an overrated product.

Telling members of the “iGen” that they’ve wasted the last four years of their life is likely to provoke severe anxiety (assuming you can get them to look up from their smartphones), but it’s time to burst their bubble.