Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
What If Everyone Went to College? asks ABC News. Would baristas need a master’s degree?
There is a whole lot of ignorance in that piece. Such as, why would wages for the unskilled have to rise? Just because someone went to college? But the college doesn’t really add to the person’s value as a barista?
And what is wrong with garbage collectors or baristas having a college degree? Especially, if it is a Liberal Arts degree which is not suppose to improve the student’s employability. The Humanities are to expand horizons, improve citizenship, create critical thinkers. None of those things are needed to collect garbage or pour coffee. So education would be a separate sphere from activities done for renumeration. But they could think smart thoughts while doing those jobs.
“A man learns more about business in the first six months after his graduation than he does in his whole four years of college. But-and here is the “practical” result of his college work-he learns far more in those six months than if he had not gone to college. He has been trained to learn, and that, to all intents and purposes, is all the training he has received. To say that he has been trained to think is to say essentially that he has been trained to learn, but remember that it is impossible to teach a man to think. The power to think must be inherently his. All that the teacher can do is help him learn to order his thoughts-such as they are. ”
So we might expect the college graduate to pick up the operation of the expresso machine faster. Of course, some engineer might have design that advantage into the machine already so the operator just pushes a button. I suppose there is always artisan barista?
Attending college is a matter of signaling. Of course signalling doesn’t scale so if everybody had a degree than the economic value of a degree would be zero.
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