College. Tuition. Careers. Money.
Many of us don’t like to face reality in concern with these four things. We find a bubble of comforting illusion that we place ourselves in and we block out any information that doesn’t fit our nice comfortable worldview. Reality can be harsh. In my last post about the wonders of the library and the resources they offer us I mentioned all the current talk about free education, in particular, free college. Then I wrote that education is already free, it’s called the library. So, continuing with this idea, I thought it would be nice to present a book to you that you may not have heard of or read yet dealing with college and the major you decide on which all relates to the talk of free college. The book is called Worthless by Aaron Clarey. The subtitle is The Young Person’s Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major.
This book is a harsh but much needed wake up call to all the people who are choosing and are about to choose a worthless major and end up with a degree that will do basically nothing for them. This is why the book is titled Worthless. People are spending big sums of money and most are even going into debt to get a degree in college that will never equal what they paid for it. This is one of the reasons why some people are against free college. They don’t think their tax dollars should go to a young person who wants to major in women’s studies or art history as the return on investment is so poor. There is much more to the debate than that but reading this book will help you understand what you should major in if you are deciding on college. It breaks down what degrees are essentially worthless and what degrees hold value and have demand.
The author cites a simple exercise he has had young people do in the beginning of the book that illustrates his point on worthless degrees. He has the young people list things that they want in the near future then list what their prospective majors will be. Then he boldly and realistically displays the gap between the two. The things people need and want relate to science, technology, engineering, and math but not to things like women’s studies or art history. If you want to do something that there is a demand for and provides value to the world then major in something like science, technology, engineering, or math. The author calls this STEM. Aaron Clarey, despite injecting some of his ideological opinion into the book does do a wonderful job separating worthless degrees from more valuable degrees.
Read the book to learn and decide for yourself. Recommend the book to any young person approaching college age so they can learn and decide for themselves. College and degrees are not what they used to be. If you want an education go to the library, it’s free. Like I’ve said before, people who want to learn are going to learn. They find a way and most of those ways are free, if not, really affordable. If you want a degree that will get you somewhere in our economy then choose wisely.
Until next time, good reading.