We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm a graduate of the USA's #1 most expensive college. I'm not sure it was the best use of a quarter of a million dollars, but I am glad I spent time there. It did play a small part in the person I've become. I remember my friends there thought of themselves as the ones who just missed getting into Harvard; they were serious students and serious thinkers. Ultimately, I stayed true to myself. I'm a stay at home mother of 4.
So (as I have asked a few friends with PhD's) what good is it? Unless one has made the contacts that justify the thousands spent, wouldn't one been just as educated by attending a state college?
The one PhD physicist I was working with (he was a computer salesman) readily admitted his PhD was so much paper. "One has to eat" he'd say, "Unless you are working at a company doing basic research or the government, having a PhD is just bragging rights. It doesn't put food on the table." My wife has a librarian friend with a PhD. At one time she was head of public libraries for the city of Nashville. I asked her the same impertinent question" "What good is it?"
Her response? "For the job I am doing it is a requirement, but not really preparation for the job. Civil engineering, drafting, structural, electrical, construction all would be more appropriate for a to library systems manager."
Not casting aspersions (ok, I am) on your out of pocket $250k, it did bag you an MRS degree though......
It appears to me (as a business owner) we as a country are placing more emphasis on paper degrees and less emphasis on life skills.... only the servants do those things, the educated are above that. Or so it seems.
One other skill maybe a journalism or English major degree would be helpful.... would be PROOFREAD BEFORE POSTING D*MMIT! Grrrrr.
(extraneous "to" in the above. That happens when I change my thinking in the middle of a sentence.)
I also want to say, that was not meant to denigrate your achievement, which is something to be proud of. I just question why anyone would want to spend that kind of money and mortgage (in most cases) one's future....