Where Is The Best Bang For The BucK?

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    There is the old saying, "Social Science: elaborate demonstration of the obvious by methods that are obscure."

    This NYTimes article validates the above: if you were asked which degree was worth more in the real world, an engineering degree, or one in counseling....
    ...obvious answer, eh?

    But it also validates the idea that some sort of striving for 'equality' is sophomoric...as there are as many differences in people as there are choices.
    But here is the article:

    "Calculating the Potential Return on Your Major
    By JACQUES STEINBERG
    As the cost of college climbs ever higher each year, amid a national economic forecast that remains cloudy, questions about the value of a four-year degree are being raised with increased urgency.

    The latest piece of evidence to become part of that debate is a report released Tuesday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Its seductive title: “What’s it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors.”

    The good news? “While there is a lot of variation in earnings over a lifetime,” the center said in a press release, “the authors find that all undergraduate majors are ‘worth it,’ even taking into account the cost of college and lost earnings.”

    And yet, for those applicants to college seeking the most bang for their buck — at least as defined as maximizing their lifetime earnings — the authors used census data to conclude that the top majors as ranked by highest median earnings included petroleum engineer ($120,000), pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences ($105,000) and mathematics and computer sciences ($98,000). The lowest? Counseling/psychology ($29,000), early childhood education ($36,000) and theology/religious vocations ($38,000.)"
    Calculating the Potential Return on Your Major - NYTimes.com


    Check out the interactive graph, linked in the article.
     
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    A king-sized bed. The back seat of a roomy car ain't bad either.

    Oh wait . . . . I read that wrong.

    Nevermind.


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    The engineer looks at an idea and asks "How will it work?"
    The accountant looks at it and asks "How much will it cost?"
    The businessman looks at it and asks "How do we sell it?"
    The liberal arts grad looks at it and asks, "Do you want fries with that?
     
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    See, now you dragged this one out of me:

    Father/Daughter Talk
    A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and was very much in favor of "the redistribution of wealth."

    She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

    One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

    He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
    Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.
    Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Audrey doing?"

    She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over."

    Her wise father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."

    The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That wouldn't be fair! I have worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"

    The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, "Welcome to the Conservative party."
     
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    A Conservative looks at it and says "DUH!!!!"
     
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    And people say liberals have no sense of humor...


    ...for a very good reason. :lol:
     
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    ...or worse (IMO), obscurant!
     
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    Maybe if you were funny every so often.
     

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