Deresiewicz believes that “The purpose of education in a neoliberal age is to produce producers.”(1) In his introduction, Deresiewicz compares the ideologies of colleges from the 1920s to today’s thoughts. He concluded that “College is seldom about thinking or learning anymore.”(1) He also believes that there is only one value of education now and that is commercial. The other values are tolerated only when they pertain to commercial value. With the new beliefs in neoliberalism, Deresiewicz determines that “The world is not going to change, so we don’t need young people to imagine how it might.”(3) This leads to education just being about information rather than free thinking. He then goes into discussing how there are others who have come to the realization that not everyone can have high paying jobs as well. Deresiewicz concludes that students only care about the skills needed to start their career not obtaining general knowledge. Colleges teach their students to be leaders for their own benefit not the benefit of others. The neoliberal society, Deresiewicz believes, has begun to give students “a sense of helplessness”(5) so they have no
Deciding to start a business is brave and adventurous. The first step to success is a brilliant, viable, profitable idea. Whether you have decided to do it on your own because you are tired of working for someone else, or you are laid off after many years in your organization, before you decide to invest your life savings and get buried in debt, consider the big picture, the current economy, your demographic target consumer and do your research. The idea of solar energy is one such brilliant, viable idea. True the demand is present for such energy, but before taking the leap, consider the market saturation, competition, governmental rules and regulations and other determent factor that will influence the success of your
To discuss the value of liberal education, there should be a mutual understanding that investing in college means to invest in oneself. Furthermore, while some consider this investment to be a critical stepping stone to success, others dismiss it, explaining that school simply cannot prepare someone for the “real world.” Sanford J. Ungar and Robert Reich explore both of these subjective values in their essays “The New Liberal Arts” and “College is a Ludicrous Waste of Money.” Ungar, the president of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, discusses why a liberal education should be sought after; he does so by introducing common misconceptions about liberal arts and, using argumentative persuasion, proves their insignificance. On the other hand, Reich, the former secretary of labor, argues against the conventional belief of college being the only road to financial wellbeing; rather, he explains why a two-year education may better accommodate many college students, especially those in need of immediate work or those that simply cannot afford a four-year education. In all, although both Reich and Ungar generally discuss liberal education, their perspectives differ when it comes to its practicality in the current economy. Also, to express their different views about liberal arts, the authors use contrasting tones to present their ideas to different intended audiences.
c. Establishments in the fertile crescents. Civilizations that can support large populations form independently in Mesopotamia, N.China, Meso-America (Central America). Areas best suited to primitive agriculture
Throughout our entire educational career, we have been endowed with the idea that math and sciences are the sole key to obtaining a steady livelihood. Is this idea a fact, or frankly a mere misconception? Technology has been transforming America’s work industry for decades, blossoming a variety of occupations to specialize in. Because of the rapid growth of technology, many American undergraduates focus solely on specializing in STEM fields. Sanford J. Ungar, the president of Goucher College, stands by a different perspective. Unjar believes that the importance of liberal studies must be emphasized.
The audience has reason to believe that both Thiel and Carnevale understand the topics they speak on and have the authority to make their arguments. Thiel is an investor and entrepreneur, so his argument of the unnecessary investment in higher education for building one’s future can be seen as trustworthy. Similarly, the audience can trust the argument Carnevale makes due to his position as the director of the Georgetown University on Education and the Workforce. While Thiel speaks respectfully of the opposition to his argument, Carnevale seems to slander the Bureau of Labor Statistics because it provides statistics that oppose Carnevale’s argument. For example, Carnevale says, “Bad numbers on the economic value of college encourage disinvestment in college both by individuals and government.”
As an avid problem solver, I had often been encouraged to take up Mathematics as a degree. However, I find myself engulfed in an increasingly uncertain economic landscape, where even the most intuitive economists cannot prevent suboptimal outcomes. In Mathematics I enjoy the challenge of finding the right answer, but the challenge of finding the right answer where one might not even exist has drawn me towards economics.
Economics is the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth. In the readings Why College Shower Their Students with As, Staples and The Sanctuary of Schools, Barry we learn how economics influence educational environments. Staples argue the inflation of grades and how they will affect the value of diplomas. Barry’s argument is based on the lack of finance given to public schools. Barry states that the “people who live in this country believe that cutting the budgets for public schools is necessary.” Giving teacher poor salaries is all that is manageable, and that all fine art programs should be cut when times are lean. Along with the cancelation of before and after school programs, public schools
This research topic is significant to the current property market in Singapore and its sudden increased demand for houses despite the economic downturn, exploring deeper as to whether the government policies were the real influential causes to this boom in property demand. It has relevance to the economic concepts of demand and supply, elasticity, inflation and monopolistic competition. This topic is worthy of investigation because it is a hot media topic in Singapore, and is widely debated in the country because it’s the most expensive household asset.