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Back To School - Walter Russell Mead's Blog - The American Interest:
And so, dear students, welcome back! Your generation is going to have dig its own way out of the hole my generation has dug for you (thanks for the Medicare, kids, and sorry about the deficit!), but here are a few tips that may help you get the best out of your college years.

I would quibble with only one thing here. Professor Mead suggests a true liberal arts education, but one can learn these things outside the groves of academe, probably for less money and certainly with less aggravation. If you must go to college for four years, study something like engineering or accounting, if you can. Because while it's not all about money, it sure does make life easier.


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Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
it is a very good piece; I think that his point of a "liberal
education" in the classic sense is that it provides a base
from which you can move in many directions - because its
hard to know which way you will need to go.

Also, he is speaking of people who are 16 to 18 years old,
and have a more strategic view of things, have to play a
longer game.

It would be different for us, at age 50, where we have a much
more tactical view of things, like Make Money Fast and such ;-)

Sep. 3rd, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Agreed that he's speaking to the high school kids; I just don't have any faith in academia being able to straightforwardly teach the stuff he recommends. As far as I can tell, nothing has changed since Camille Paglia wrote her essay "Corporate Raiders and Junk Bonds" a couple of decades ago; if anything academia has only gotten worse. Which is why I recommended that kids stick to engineering or accounting, which are pretty resistant to that kind of wishful thinking and bullshit.
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