The Human Capital Theory Of The United States

1363 WordsMay 1, 20176 Pages
The United States has always focused on being number one in the world in everything. According to Brighouse, ever since the Cold War and the race to space the United States has seen education as the door to being number one in economics and education (Brighouse 27). The U.S. sees education as the panacea of getting back to the top as a country. Although there is some merit in preparing students to be productive workers, there are many different limits that come with this mindset. Therefore, the goal of education should not entirely be to create productive workers; It poses limits such as schools becoming factories and money not always bring growth. The biggest idea behind this shift in thinking is the Human Capital Theory which aims to…show more content…
He advocates that school should be looking at the needs of the children who will one day be in that economy, not the economy itself. If schools are allowed to continue emphasizing economic self-sufficiency, educational opportunities will only be increasingly tailored to interests of employers. The goal should be equipping the students to understand and even shape the economy, rather than consign themselves to merely serving or conforming to it. It will be the students entering the economy because they will have to deal with it, so education should not serve the economy. In On Education, Brighouse mentions some scenarios that the economy could face and one mentions blocking some students from education to gain long-term growth of the economy (36). This should not be something our government or economy should do because it would be about short-term economic experience rather than long-term development of human potential. Instead, they would be missing out on the chance for an education, which would then not make them productive workers or humans that could flourish in the real world. Therefore, this would all be a result of education being economy-centered and not student-centered, as it should be. In addition to the above, Brighouse mentions, that “the person being educated matters in her own right,” (38). In Brighouse, he writes about the education of women and girls and
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