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.
Mr. Rowe manages to commend and elevate the virtue of training for trades.
Both here and at in the same headline shown here and at SmallDeadAnimals we get this as “Special Message for the Baristas with Two Liberal Arts Degrees”, and I suppose there is advice here for someone in that situation:
"Josh graduated with two liberal arts degrees and a mountain of debt. At 32
he finally realized he was never going to make enough money to pay off his
student loans so josh hit the reset button hard and learned a skill
that's in demand."
I can't help feeling that the headline here is inviting condescension. For some reason this brings to mind my freshman-year college roommate, who was majoring in English Lit. –– We never saw eye-to-eye on much, but when I saw him some time after graduation he was happily self-employed as a house-painter.
I don't remember if I was so rude as to mention or intimate underemployment to him in this encounter, but very clearly remember his response: "This is intentional" he said, "When I am painting, there are long periods of time when I don't need to think about my task, merely do it, and this is when the poetry comes".
Lately I've been hiring (experienced, well-recommended, booked well over a year out) housepainters, and they are expensive and worth every penny.
I don't spend nearly as much on poetry, and I've no idea whether his poetry would be something I'd buy anyway. But like my wife's paintings - they do sell at the gallery, but the expression is more important than the revenue, as we've other ways to pay the mortgage.
Even as an undergrad, I was thinking that the core purpose pursuing an arts degree was education, but if it could open career-doors so much the better. For me it did. I do think we've oversold the vocational value of a B.A. And if prospective students were more numerate, perhaps they would be looking more closely at expected return before taking such loans.