Nothing to do with Nothing Like the Sun
Posted by Steven on 18/3/2012, 10:13:32, in reply to "Re: Nothing Like the Sun"
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: Back then, it wasn't cool to study German Literature
: or Italian Philology or Art History.
Your "back then" and my "back then" are a decade apart, and that makes a big difference. When I started college in the '60s the advice was: study what you love and don't worry about a job, the jobs will be there. Colleges focused on a well-rounded education, no matter what your major. Those who went into career-oriented majors like business and engineering were the ones who weren't cool.
By the time I graduated, however, unemployment rates had soared and a liberal arts degree was worth nothing on the job market. Ever since, it seems to me, colleges have focused on narrow vocational training. Their primary mission is to serve the corporate world and win research grants.