My latest blog post for Image's Good Letters--this one is on Haiti through the lens of WB Yeats, Joan Didion and the Biggest Loser.
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The mismatch between schooling and salary complements a theory that the Harvard professor Louis Menand raises in his new book "The Marketplace of Ideas." He argues that the way higher education was structured by progressive reformers in the late 19th century is partly responsible for the political uniformity of today. In the view of the early reformers, the only way to ensure that quality, rather than profit, would be rewarded was to protect the profession from outside competition. The tradeoff for lower salaries was control; professors decide who gets to enter their profession and who doesn't.