I do a lot of research when looking for stories, and I see quite a bit of amazing stuff. Most of it I use for stories, but sometimes even truly wonderful items just don’t quite make it into the final product. This is one such case.
I mostly didn’t use it because a quote in the story is the story. There’s nothing I could have added in my tagline to top it.
Advances in Productivity
The story was about the economics of higher education. There have been precious few studies on the subject over the years, so Ohio University economist Richard Vedder decided to do one.
Vedder’s Conclusion: “It takes more resources today to educate a postsecondary student than a generation ago. That is not true for most goods and services…. Relative to other sectors of the economy, universities are becoming less efficient, less productive, and, consequently, more costly.”
Quite the indictment, but that’s not the wonderful quote. It’s the “conclusion to the conclusion” that Vedder finished with:
“With the possible exception of prostitution, teaching is the only profession that has had absolutely no productivity advance in the 2,400 years since Socrates taught the youth of Athens.”
A wonderful quote; I couldn’t possibly top it!
(Source: Rocky Mountain News, no longer online)
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