Hi Bill,
Eryn Ammons

I was not contesting the fact that 27% of degree holders are working in fields unrelated to their degree. As well, I agree that there is a gap between college education and employment. These are facts, which I do believe in.

Good, a common ground of facts is requisite for reasonable discussion.

However, I do not believe that degree holders working in fields that are unrelated to their studies is central to the problems that Rick and I were discussing in regards to college education and cost. What you are currently discussing is a separate issue that is important, yet unrelated to the original discussion.

Actually it is directly related to the cost of a college degree. If those other 73% of people were not taking up the spots in the colleges, and instead went directly to their fields perhaps with field-specific training, the demand would be lower and the existing infrastructure would be lower, leading to lower debt load for those who do need to go. This lower cost for a degree would enable more low income people to attend college and get a degree in something that will enable them to lift themselves up to a higher economic rung.

The inability of people to make payments on a high debt load because they were convinced that they could go to college for their passion and pay for it with a “good job” has a direct impact on the cost of future college tuition because it artifically inflates the demand as well as places pressure on shifting the burden on to others via student loans. This is something that has been going on, as evidenced by the low correlation between a degree and a related job.

To give you a better idea of what this means, consider that someone with a degree in music working part-time as a guitar or piano teacher is considered to be working in a related field. Clearly, a college degree is not needed to teach people how to play the piano. So what is the cost of that degree that, despite being in the same field, is irrelevant to their job? The cost goes well beyond the price of tuition.

Being condescensing and patronizing is not a productive way to share ideas and opinions.

Well if someone pointing out specifically how your position is incorrect is sign “condescending and patronizing”, you might want to either reconsider participating in open public discussion, or reassessing your assumption of other people’s motives when they do not agree with you or challenge your claims of knowledge. In either event, I wish you well and best of luck. If this is how you respond to not being agreed with and countered with facts, you’ll need it.

Now that was a bit condescending. ;)

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