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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eisenhower's Open Letter to American Students

You might think that any comments from President Eisenhower would be hopelessly irrelevant and outdated. And yet, what he has to say about college seems particularly relevant to me in the economic situation of the early 21st century. Read his essay and my comments. Do you agree?

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Anonymous said...

The practicality of a college education is gauged by what it yields in terms of useful knowledge, knowledge used to aid in success in life. Sometimes that degree is useful and sometimes it's not.

Anonymous said...

Spot on...

Anonymous said...

It's 1948. Eisenhower didn't see the future's proliferation of a huge crop of worthless college majors and incessant whining of graduates who only discovered that worthlessness when the bills came due.

Anonymous said...

The college majors may not be worthless.
That judgement would be for each individual who earned the degree, don't you think?
A major in Sociology may be very valuable for some folks.
Ditto with a major in Mathematics.

One should not judge value in terms of financial gain.
The most valuable things in life have little or no monetary value, but have value for the person who holds it dear. Educating one's self is a very personal goal.

How one earns money in today's world is sometimes quite silly compared to how one may have earned money 100 years ago. Some people now earn money simply by typing on a computer keyboard. Sometimes these folks earn a lot of money, even a surprising amount of money! But 100 years ago, one would have concluded that typing a a keyboard would have little value.