The Education Narrative
Reader comment on: NPR on the Degree-Less
Submitted by Caroline (United States), May 7, 2011 19:07
The government widely promotes the narrative that everyone should be highly educated, mainly centered on the promise of higher earning potential with greater education and the risk of unemployment or low income for the under-educated.
It would seem that the earning advantage of advanced education depends quite a bit on the context, i.e. what degree, what skills, the quality of the school/specific program, state of the job market in that specialty, and so on. Further, if one views earnings as a benchmark of success, then it is necessary to consider all the variables that contribute to earning power. These traits do not necessarily result from a college education: but from a mosaic of factors that often predate the college education, including upbringing, strength of character, drive, and the individual's response to various real-world opportunities.
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