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  •  I didn't see the diarist necessarily faulting (1+ / 0-)
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    the website or article writers for their conclusions regarding "Return on Investment" for degree choice. While I think the wording in this sentence is a bit misleading

    These are the ones judged would yield the lowest lifetime financial return on the investment of a college education.
    since the article does say some "nice" things about under-compensated careers, the diarist seems to me to reserve criticism for the nation's, not the website's, values. I would point out, however, that the article does seem to reflect those same money-obsessed values, suggesting that "ROI" is a primary consideration for those considering a major field in which to get a degree. I saw language suggesting this both before and after the list of degrees. Considering the cost of college and growing student debt load, this might be a practical conclusion, but also stating the "party line" without serious questioning does indicate that not rewarding recipients of those degrees should not be a huge problem for students. The answer is to just choose a field with better "ROI." That solution, stated and implied in the article, would certainly suit a society that holds little value for these fields, but I think that's what the diarist focuses on primarily. The society that so elevates and focuses on pursuit of wealth as members' primary reason for living becomes a society whose values might be skewed. And it's a society whose members will suffer from the lack of pursuit of what the study of the undervalued fields has to offer, aspects of life in which lack of compensation reveals society's deteriorating values. That's what I get out of this, anyway.

    I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

    by dannyboy1 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 05:46:39 AM PDT

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      intended exactly what you so cogently stated. As an aside, it might be instructive to compare our country's educational philosophy and practice, as well as the "prosperity index" mentioned in a recent Forbes article, with those countries who employ a socialist form of education, especially as regards government-assisted tuition in return for work in needed fields after graduation. Using the idea that working for the good of the country is preferable to working in order to pay off debt and, eventually, enrich yourself, seems a lot better plan.

      Don't believe eveything you think.

      by boguseconomist on Sun May 12, 2013 at 05:42:10 PM PDT

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