Faith in the universal power of higher learning is at the heart of  modernity. From enhancing our basic humanity to preserving culture,  economic and technological development to social equality, and  redressing ills from global warming to AIDS, there are very few needs  for which more education has not been prescribed.
Warranted or not, this belief is the closest thing we have to a world  religion. And it is winning converts at unprecedented speed. People  around the world are demanding more education as a human right and as a  pathway out of poverty. In 1900 about half a million people worldwide  were enrolled in colleges. A century later the number was 100 million.  According to a 2009 report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific  and Cultural Organization,150 million students are now  enrolled in some kind of education beyond high school, a 53 percent  increase in less than a decade.
Meanwhile, here in America, the birthplace of mass higher education, our  faith is no longer moving mountains. Since the 1970s, our educational  attainment has stalled while the rest of the world is roaring ahead. Keep reading …

Faith in the universal power of higher learning is at the heart of modernity. From enhancing our basic humanity to preserving culture, economic and technological development to social equality, and redressing ills from global warming to AIDS, there are very few needs for which more education has not been prescribed.

Warranted or not, this belief is the closest thing we have to a world religion. And it is winning converts at unprecedented speed. People around the world are demanding more education as a human right and as a pathway out of poverty. In 1900 about half a million people worldwide were enrolled in colleges. A century later the number was 100 million. According to a 2009 report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,150 million students are now enrolled in some kind of education beyond high school, a 53 percent increase in less than a decade.

Meanwhile, here in America, the birthplace of mass higher education, our faith is no longer moving mountains. Since the 1970s, our educational attainment has stalled while the rest of the world is roaring ahead. Keep reading …