Since I am studying informal learning and digital media as part of the "teaching 2.0" approach, I thought this article could be of interest for this scoop, even when it doesn't speak about web 2.0 directly. If you want to read more about this subject, you might also want to read "Linchpin", in which he writes about this subjet (and +).
Large-scale education was never about teaching kids or creating scholars. It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system.
Of course, it worked. Several generations of productive, fully employed workers followed. But now?
Nobel-prize winning economist Michael Spence makes this really clear: there are tradable jobs (making things that could be made somewhere else, like building cars, designing chairs and answering the phone) and non-tradable jobs (like mowing the lawn or cooking burgers). Is there any question that the first kind of job is worth keeping in our economy?
Alas, Spence reports that from 1990 to 2008, the US economy added only 600,000 tradable jobs.