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the usefulness of a college degree

My speech to the Oxford Union last night. We’re seeing paradigms change as fast as at the start of the railway and the telephony revolutions and in both of those there was more work based education and training, apprenticeships, and far fewer degrees. I’m not an elitist about education, merely someone who feels that we have prized getting a large number of people to hold degrees over the usefullness to them and society of attaining them. I have read a…

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There is a young America and there is an old America, and they don’t form a community of interest. One takes from the other. The federal government spends $480 billion on Medicare and $68 billion on education. Prescription drugs: $62 billion. Head Start: $8 billion. Across the board, the money flows not to helping the young grow up, but helping the old die comfortably. According to a 2009 Brookings Institution study, “The United States spends 2.4 times as much on…

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Creative Talents

> So often, we limit our exploration of our photography identity to just photography! Yet our lives and personality are much broader and richer than this narrow perspective.... > There really is no other YOU. You have a unique perspective because of the combination of inputs that you have in your life. Inputs such as: who you live with. Where you live. Your upbringing. Your particular talents in many different areas. Your interests. Your hobbies. Your beliefs. Your education. Your…

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Elite Education

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education - The American Scholar (The American Scholar) If one of the disadvantages of an elite education is the temptation it offers to mediocrity, another is the temptation it offers to security. When parents explain why they work so hard to give their children the best possible education, they invariably say it is because of the opportunities it opens up. But what of the opportunities it shuts down? An elite education gives you the chance…

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