If I were America’s education czar, I would want every kid to attend Robin Hanson’s lecture on the medical profession, which Seth Roberts describes in this post.
I have heard hundreds of professors lecture. I had never heard anything like this. It wasn’t the usual stuff. It wasn’t the usual stuff made entertaining with cartoons or demonstrations or jokes or war stories. Instead, it was a straightforward look at how the medical profession operates, and a lot of it was about how it operates to empower doctors, reduce the power of patients, and reduce health care innovation.
And I also wish doctors would receive rigorous training in statistics. Reduce their workloads, make residencies less of a manic hothouse — just make sure all practicing physicians understand statistics. We will save many lives in the process.