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Conrad quoted in Cap Times report examining Johnson’s controversial comments

August 25, 2016

UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad was among the range of experts recently interviewed by The Capital Times newspaper for a report headlined, “Critics howl in response to Ron Johnson’s call to replace college instructors with videos.”

The Cap Times article begins: “Sen. Ron Johnson’s call to replace college classroom instructors with videos sounds like a corporate refrain that celebrates efficiency in education at the cost of effectiveness, said the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Clif Conrad.”

Clifton Conrad
“I find that very troubling,” Conrad tells the Capital Times.

Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and a faculty member in the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is the faculty director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

The Capital Times report explains how the “Republican senator from Wisconsin ... last week denounced the ‘higher education cartel’ for raising prices and preventing reforms that would make college more affordable, like using the internet to access lessons by ‘one solid lecturer.’ ”

“I’ve met Ken Burns and I very much appreciate his documentary on the Civil War,” Conrad told The Capital Times when asked to comment on Johnson’s remarks. “At the same time, I think it’s critically important that we view documentaries like his as supplementary material. We do not need to replace effectiveness in college and university classrooms with mere efficiencies.”

To read much more about this topic, check out the entire report for free on this web page.
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