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Its Simply Red Herring The main article of this book is that higher education generally has become in many ways and for many people a kind of very expensive extended playpen a place to stash young people who society deems not ready for the workforce but too unmanageable to keep at home According to Bird college is a place for young people to simmer a bit to age Bird makes a case that people learn little in the way of substantial and useful information and skills but mainly bide their time until they can get a degree that helps them get a job whereupon they begin to learn what they really need to know Meantime colleges are in the business of wooing students and persuading their parents to invest large sums of money to support faculty and services that arent really very useful or essential A big scam really that society foists upon itself by insisting that college is the prerequisite for most of the elite jobs in economy when in no very substantial way does it prepare people for those jobs Bird makes no pretense at objectivity and argues that we should not attend college for the sake of an elite job Bird offers the reason of going to college could land a satisfying career through attaining a degree Odds are this is not a good idea According to Bird Liberal-Arts education is supposed to provide you with a value system a standard a set of ideas not a job Bird states that colleges fail to warn students that high paying jobs are hard to come by and they rarely accept the responsibility of helping students choose a career that will lead to a job Bird cites The Department of Labor it estimates there will be 4300 new jobs for psychologists in 1975 while colleges are expected to turn out 58430 BAs in the psychology field that year So these jobs are so
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