We write a lot on Economix about whether college is worth it. In a piece in Investor’s Business Daily, Alex Tabarrok, an economics professor at George Mason University, suggests that Americans are focusing on the wrong question. They shouldn’t be debating whether college in general is “worth it”; they should instead be thinking about whether the specific college degree they’re considering is marketable.Update, 11/4/11: How many math/science/engineering majors do you think are participating in the Occupy (insert city here) movement?
Thursday, November 03, 2011
It's The Major, Stupid.
I've said it a zillion times: there's nothing wrong with getting a sociology degree, or a Film History degree, or an Underwater Basket Weaving degree. I'm all about having the freedom to self-actualize, and to pursue whatever courses of study we choose to in life. But if you think people should pay you for your Underwater Basket Weaving degree, you're sorely mistaken. We as adults are responsible for the choices we make: