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  •  We're elevating into a meta-discussion... (0+ / 0-)

    ...something that may not deserve it.  On the one hand, there's an essentially empirical question of whether college, or should I say a given college and a given course of study for a given person, provides some net career benefit.  Certainly we're not going to get a single answer applicable to everyone.  Then there's the unquantifiable-enrichment issue, and there I'm something of a skeptic.  While a higher percentage of college students in our country get a broad liberal arts education, learning portable skills and sensibilities, than anywhere else in the world, it's still the case that those students are in the minority.  Even if we conceded that all liberal arts gradates get something out of college that you can't put a price on, that still leaves us with a large minority whose education is farther over towards the utilitarian pole and if they don't have a net positive career outcome (which I'm happy to define more broadly as salary and happiness, such that a $30k job isn't always inferior to a $40k one), it's worth asking what the point was.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Sat May 11, 2013 at 04:23:03 AM PDT

    •  There's No Point With All the Job Exporting We've (0+ / 0-)

      been doing.

      Back when I worked at liberal arts career placement office, there was, and there was an encyclopedia of stats about the value of education to people all up and down the economic ladder.

      Education in general hasn't much value any more, only in individual cases. Neither does America.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat May 11, 2013 at 05:03:32 AM PDT

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      •  Oh yes, there is a point (1+ / 0-)
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        One of the advantages of having a liberal arts degree (especially one that pays a lot of attention to foreign languages, especially Mandarin or Spanish) is that you have the option exporting yourself to where those jobs have been exported.

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