The Crusade Against School

I also think that looking at direct salaries as the sole measure of ROI in an institution is a short-term, short-sighted way to look at the world. Sure, some degrees yield less well-paying jobs than others. However, the contribution to our overall well-being, and to our economy, shouldn’t be overlooked. Just because a degree has a lower financial benefit in the first instance to its graduates, doesn’t mean it has no benefit, either to them or the people connected to them. Think about teachers, or nurses: both are poorly rewarded, but we need them for our society to work. Historians, literary theorists and philosophers are all important, and make our lives better. This is where - or at least, one of the places where - I strongly depart from libertarians like Thiel. Simply put, I think their "enlightened self interest" is near-sighted; perhaps fatally so. (Source)

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Posted: June 5th, 2011
at 11:41am by mnp


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