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Editorial: There Is No Connection Between Education And Ethical Behavior

Scott S. Cohen | April 25, 2004

The week this print edition went to press, Bloomberg had run yet another story drawing a line between business schools and high-profile ethics failures.

Focusing on former Enron chief executive Jeff Skilling, who—the reporter went out of her way to mention—had an MBA from Harvard, the article also touched on the higher education and honorary degrees of Bernie Ebbers, Martha Stewart and others.

I would have found the article hilarious if it wasn't so misguided.

It assumed what a number of Americans must believe, that higher education and ethics are connected: "How could a Harvard MBA behave so unethically?"

You're kidding me.

That's like asking, 'How could the country that gave us Beethoven give us Auschwitz?'

It's a stupid question. One...

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