My post on this topic a little over a week ago garnered a fair number of comments. Here are some related items which have surfaced in the last few days and may be of interest…
1)A Washington Post item about college graduates who have chosen to make a switch to the skilled trades
2)Glenn Reynolds posts some interesting emails he has received from recent college graduates. Excerpts:
For the vast majority of people who are now in their 20’s, adolescence wasn’t about anything at all but getting in to college. Our teachers talked about College the way that Churchill talked about Victory. I’ve long argued that the reason why popular culture among young adults today is so obnoxiously, insufferably adolescent is at least partly due to the fact that we were never /allowed/ to be adolescents. You didn’t play sports or write for the school newspaper or volunteer at the soup kitchen because you wanted to, you did it to pad that college application. I can’t tell you how many times I was told, point blank, that the way to success was to get into the best college you could, and borrow as much money as you could to pay for it. Of /course/ college was worth six figures in debt.
And from another reader..
If you have an entire country in which nobody learns how to create value, you should not be surprised if nobody has a job…a sizable portion of the academy has been diverted into useless endeavors. How many religion and gender studies majors does this nation need to keep America strong and prosperous? How many fill-in-the-blank studies departments exist to provide sinecures to politically connected fellows whose core competency is railing at cops and drinking beer with the President? If your college major teaches you how to create trouble for others, I’m happy when you can’t find work. Conversely, if you can make something besides trouble, then I hope you’ll create value for yourself and for society.
3)Law school doesn’t turn out to be the guaranteed ticket to automatic high-income employment that many people seemed to think…and were encouraged to think…that it was. See also this heartfelt post: Wake Up, Fellow Law Professors, to the Casualties of Our Enterprise.