Another loveinthedumps creation:
It’s graduation season, a time of reflection not only for matriculating seniors but, perhaps, those of us who have been in the real world for awhile. According to the Times, the arguments against going to college are gaining momentum – is a bachelor’s degree really worth the time and money? The question is particularly acute for those who enjoyed a cushy, expensive (roughly $50k per year for college and prep school), albeit good private education.
So how do you measure up? Are you worth all the hard earned cash your parents coughed up for that “Landscape and Gender in Avant Garde Cinema” class? Did your “Jungian Archetypes and Star Trek: a correlation of the mind” module shape how you think?
A LITD study indicates that a liberal arts education orgy is helpful for appearing literate and well-informed at parties, but that’s about it. Indeed, it contributes to delusion and prolonged aimlessness: according to recent polls, 84% of liberal arts graduates still think they’re in college 3 years after graduation; 60% think so 7 years after, and a remarkable 34% believe it 10 years + after.
But it is worthwhile to some. Trust fund inheritors (and to a lesser degree, lottery winners) for whom money and time mean very little, are beneficiaries, as useless and pointless knowledge is indeed quite useful in their world.