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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Maule on KPMG, Education, Technology, and Values

Maule_4 Tax_analysts_logo_46 Jim Maule (Villanova) has published KPMG, Education, Technology, and Values, 108 Tax Notes 1583 (Sept. 26, 2005), also available on the Tax Analysts web site as Doc 2005-19202, 2005 TNT 186-32.  Here is the opening:

The letter from Rufus Rhoades in the September 12, 2005, issue of Tax Notes (p. 1332) resonated soundly as I made my way from the opening paragraph to the penultimate paragraph. But then two sentences struck a most discordant note. After asking a very important question, namely, "what went wrong?" Mr. Rhoades wrote, "For an answer, I look to our educational system. I muse if we are spending too much time on technology and not enough time on what it means to be a participant in the social contract."

Because Mr. Rhoades does not focus his criticism at any particular level of the education system, we are left to wonder if he is speaking of law school and business education, or education in general, including K-12 and undergraduate classes. Fortunately, my disagreement with his assignment of blame to "spending too much time on technology" does not require a specific identification of the "educational system" in question. My disagreement rests on seven points.

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