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Downward mobility haunts US education - says BBC

 
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Downward mobility haunts US education - says BBC Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20154358
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Downward mobility haunts US education - says BBC Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20154358

My mother's a lawyer and my father has a PhD. It's literally impossible for me to be better-educated than my parents (I suppose you could argue that an MD is more prestigious than a PhD, but that entails going into a different field).

If I want to go into the lucrative field of computer science the most sensible thing to do is go for a Masters', the same goes for becoming a TESOL lifer. I plan on a career change, but seeing as a law degree is not the path to riches it used to be, and there are very few jobs where a PhD is worth it, chances are that I will always be less "educated" than my parents. So what?

Any rate, hasn't it been argued that the British Empire was built on the downwardly mobile seeking their fortunes abroad?

~Q
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Qaaolchoura,

Anyone who's smart enough to realize that less education doesn't necessarily mean "downward mobility" (just check how much many tradespeople make an hour) is already smart enough Very Happy

Regards,
John
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