The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money written by economist Bryan Caplan points to the billions of dollars spent on education by government. It seems like everyone needs a diploma these days. For what? An excuse to drink beer? But, as Caplan explains, that degree is valued by employers. Without a degree, whether you learned anything or not, you automatically are branded or placed in a separate, lower paying, jobs pool. Who are the big winners in this game? Tenured professors like Caplan.