Master's in English? Um, better not mention it
Barbara Ehrenreich writes about the "scam" of higher education in a provocative column for Huffington Post. I'm not a big fan of Ehrenreich's, mostly because her book and her play about working class women struck me as being exceedingly condescending. But this time she really got me thinking about just what college degrees are worth anyway these days.
She begins with the recent news about the MIT dean who, it turns out, never earned the three degrees she claimed. She was a popular administrator, beloved by students and colleagues. But after nearly three decades at the university, she finally admitted that she'd fabricated her resume. A cautionary tale, to be sure. But also, says Ehrenreich, proof that someone can succeed at a high level without the high-dollar advanced degrees such jobs supposedly require. In some companies, having certain degrees could hurt your prospects (like that master's in English).
Snack on that and add your thoughts in comments below.