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If 100% of American adults had at least a bachelor’s degree, the average value of a bachelor’s degree would indeed go down, but the overall size and health of the American economy—and our per capita GDP—would go up dramatically.
- John Green (via etherealxaria)
I disagree with this strongly. People with bachelor’s degrees are already a dime a dozen. If everyone had one, they would be as valuable as high school diplomas. Over the last few decades, the number of people with bachelor’s degrees has skyrocketed and it is pretty obvious that they are worth less now than before. Using John Green’s silly logic, the size and health of our economy should be better than it was 15 years ago when fewer people had bachelor degrees. It isn’t. Here’s a source about all the wonderful bachelor’s degrees out there that ain’t doing shit for the economy. I think everyone should go to college, don’t get me wrong. But people should go to get educated and not get a “good” job. In 2012, college is just job training (and not even very good at that). It has been dumbed down and standardized for specific purposes. Learning is secondary in college now. I like a lot of what Green says, but in this case he’s being patronizing, starry-eyed, and simplistic.(via early-onset-of-night) As an educator at a small liberal arts college I absolutely concur with your response. I believe that one of the bigger challenges of teaching at a college level is convincing students that learning for its own sake is a virtue….and that it is important to be curious about things that may have no immediate or near future economic benefit. A unique and well informed point of view may have more value ( perhaps even economically in the long term) than a perfect row of checked off boxes in a standardized learning rubric.