Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Education Cycle

Once upon a time on a small island, the people learnt that education got you a better-paying job. So they got better-educated. However, as supply matched demand, the better-educated of the better-educated got better jobs. This went on for a while, but because not many people were educated, there was a large lag time before the pain began.

Since education was touted as the meritocratic leveler and the path to better jobs (and hence more of a different kind of merit which got conflated with the first kind), everyone got competitive on education. This resulted in jobs that were linked with providing education, and then in paying more for good educators.

This was OK as long as such jobs remained more-or-less civil and more or less a public service.

Then, the more educated people realised that if they became less civil and less a public service, they could earn more. But that would subject them to the stresses and pressures of the private sector, so they would have to do better than the public sector.

So they did, and this led to lower average competency in the public sector, since only the good ones survived in the private sector, and those who survived earned more than those who remained in the public sector.

The people of the small island thus learned that getting a better education equipped you to influence the market such that costs would go up but service quality declined. And in addition, you would have to go to the private sector for the better education while being made to endure the public sector one by law (and human expectations).

And so they all lived unhappily ever after, running a Red Queen's Race.

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2 Comments:

Blogger LoneRifle said...

if by law people are made to peruse the education services provided by the public sector, surely by law we can ban similar offerings from the private sector too?

Monday, April 30, 2012 8:24:00 pm  
Blogger Trebuchet said...

See what a great job they did with prostitution, and you know why it can't be done.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 2:33:00 am  

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