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.
Discussion with my HS Junior, about where he goes after college went along these lines:
I told him he'd likely move back home. He said no way. I asked where would you go? He replied we own an apartment near NYC. I answered that it's a rental unit and if he wants to live there, fine, but he's paying rent. He laughed. I didn't. I told him that once he's out, I'll do everything to assist him, but not make life easy. I can give a break on rent, but not free living space in a unit that generates income.
After all, I pointed out, the likelihood is that his education will wind up being paid with a refinancing of that rental unit. I'm not interested in double dipping on my assets to build him up - he has to take increasing amounts of responsibility in his life.
My son moved back in with us for about 5 months after he graduated. Then he got a job and moved to Wicker Park in Chicago to have a good time. But then he got his degree in Mechanical Engineering, not Art History or Marketing.
But, if everyone got an Engineering degree of some nature, salaries in that field would plummet, wouldn't they?
I have friends with marketing degrees who started out at $25,000 a year. In 1984. That was a great salary in 1984. I only made $14,000. Today, that same degree makes about $40,000 out of college. My old job pays $35,000. None of these salaries are good enough to live on your own in NYC (not that living on your own in NYC is, or should be, a goal out of college - no reason you can't share an apartment).
Meanwhile, I have a friend with an art history degree who went to Wall Street. Pays to have friends in the right places. I couldn't even get an interview down there, and I had a dual degree that was far more applicable.
You can't tell which degrees will pay off. My dad's plumber is a PhD in Philosophy. Go figure.