#QotD, Life Is Not Fair For College Graduates, Either edition.

Charles Cooke (the NRO guy, not the pollster), on the effects of treating a college degree as a magical spell component*:

On Thursday, I met a guy down in Zuccotti Park. He speaks six languages, but he has nothing useful to say in any of them. He is the movement’s perfect spokesman.


Moe Lane

*The idea being, a college degree will magically get you a job.  Which would be great, IF MAGIC WORKED.  Hmm.  Somebody should do a survey of the current unemployment rates among ceremonial magicians…


  • BigGator5 says:

    I agree. I have a college and it has done me no world of good. It is not worth the paper it’s printed on.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    It’s cargo cult economics, as you’ve said. People with degrees tend to have better jobs, therefore, if everyone has a degree, everyone will have a better job.

  • Canthros says:

    I dunno. Mine’s been moderately useful, but I studied computer science and work as a software engineer.

    It’s opened a door, once or twice, though it certainly hasn’t been “magical”.

  • PubliusNV says:

    Somewhat off topic, but the market for magicians here is Las Vegas is pretty tough. One guy tried to self-finance his show recently, hiring a theater etc. He had to give up after only a few weeks, and stiffed all of his non-union performers. The union members got paid, of course.

    On topic – Back when I was hired as a “programmer” in the late 70s, employers used aptitude tests to screen for those that could do the job. Thanks to disparate outcome lawsuits, aptitude tests disappeared and were replaced by requiring a credential – a degree, preferably in computer science.

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