September 24, 2012
How Liberal Arts Colleges Are Failing America

When are Americans going to wake up and realize that the 60s and 70s-era nostalgia for the “value” of a college degree is just that — nostalgia?
A degree does not guarantee you or your children a good job anymore. In fact, it doesn’t guarantee you a job: last year, 1 out of 2 bachelor’s degree holders under 25 were jobless or unemployed. Since the recession, we’ve lost millions of high- and mid-wage jobs — and replaced a handful of those with lower-wage ones. No wonder some young people are giving up entirely — a 16.8 percent unemployment rate plus soaring student loan debt is more than a little discouraging. Yet old-guard academic leaders are still clinging to the status quo — and loudly insisting that a four-year liberal arts degree is a worthy investment in every young American’s future.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

How Liberal Arts Colleges Are Failing America

When are Americans going to wake up and realize that the 60s and 70s-era nostalgia for the “value” of a college degree is just that — nostalgia?

A degree does not guarantee you or your children a good job anymore. In fact, it doesn’t guarantee you a job: last year, 1 out of 2 bachelor’s degree holders under 25 were jobless or unemployed. Since the recession, we’ve lost millions of high- and mid-wage jobs — and replaced a handful of those with lower-wage ones. No wonder some young people are giving up entirely — a 16.8 percent unemployment rate plus soaring student loan debt is more than a little discouraging. Yet old-guard academic leaders are still clinging to the status quo — and loudly insisting that a four-year liberal arts degree is a worthy investment in every young American’s future.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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    I think if I hadn’t gone to college, I would probably have been a professional dancer by now o_o And as for what to do...
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    What is going to start happening (and kind of already is) is ‘The Brain Drain’. It used to be a problem of developing...
  6. swagandpassion reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    When you finish education, you wonder…what would I have done instead of getting this degree?
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  9. mischief-dream reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Yes. I feel like my liberal arts education has failed me. No, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
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  12. theredshoes reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Oh yeah, sit down, have a cup of tea, let me tell you about my PERFECTLY WORTHLESS MASTER’S DEGREES, if you have a spare...
  13. thecollegeconcern reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Well this can’t be good.
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  16. journowifelife reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    So agree. You’re just not going to get a job with a history degree. Other good quotes from this: We keep telling young...
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    What I think needs is lacking from much of this debate is a) the real crime is the overcharging of students for an...
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    I’m not sure if I disagree with this because I’m an IR major, or I’m an IR major because I disagree with this. Either...
  21. quadrillion reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    »Very good points. Nobody wants to hear any if this.
  22. richardleong reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Interesting Read. Not sure i agree….