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January 9, 2012 8:00 am
"But are employment and earnings by degree the most important factors in choosing a college? Absolutely not. First of all, mushy as it sounds in an economics post, happiness matters. To the furthest extent possible, you should do what you want to do, not only in college, but also in life."

I have to whole-heartedly disagree with this.  This is precisely the type of nonsense that has left a generation of liberal arts students wading through middling jobs, “searching” for themselves and often unemployed.  While I don’t think college has to be approached with a kind of ruthlessly calculated agenda, some added emphasis on practicality is exactly what has been sorely lacking in our education system. 

The children of the Boomers were raised with a kind of starry-eyed simplicity to “follow your heart” and do “what you love,” because no one cares what you major in.  Do what you love, sure, but make sure you do something you may not love too so you can get a job you love later.  It may not be impossible to get that perfect position if you major in french literature, but sure is a lot easier if you have a double major with business or economics or some such thing.  A little encouragement to think ahead and think about what happens after you get the diploma would be a welcome addition.

(Source: The Atlantic)