Back to School
Published on: September 7, 2013
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  • David Heller

    Actually this is very good advice.

    Higher Ed is going to be completely transformed in the next 10-15 years, because it currently produces a much inferior product at a much inflated price. Unfortunately, the ones who will suffer throughout this turmoil are the students and their parents who are paying for dross……. when they seek gold.

    Mr. Mead at least is providing a good educational map for getting the best value for the dollar.

  • Maynerd

    Excellent advice. I would add for engineering students (and others) whose curricula is rather inflexible, fill your few electives with the quality liberal arts classes as WRM recommends.

  • Pete

    Listen to Mister Mead, kiddies. The party is over.

    To his list of things to do, I’ll add one more. Learn how to handle a firearm.

    • Anthony

      Not that there is anything terribly wrong with what you’ve suggested. Shooting looks like a fun sport. I’m just not sure that it’s that important in the grand scheme of things. I’d say it’s much more important to learn to handle a golf club, as this skill could be important in schmoozing for future co workers and customers.

      • Pete

        Anthony, the golf clubs are blue model thinking.

        Things are a-changin’.

      • WRM

        Not to mention helping you kill time during boring foreign policy crises once you make it into the Oval Office!

        • Anthony

          WRM, a definite implication.

    • Boritz

      Add to that the ancillary skill to field dress a deer or animal of comparable size. This is more likely to pay off as you near retirement around 2060.

  • Anthony

    The back to school essay always provides wise counsel to both matriculating students and concerned parents. WRM, as you have done prior to tweaking, you acquaint students with facets of life satisfaction and sustainability while factoring in transfomative challenges anticipated in 21st century. Most importantly, your updated version infers that students not only rely on a higher education just fashioned to fit the needs of our times. Still, familiarity with math, physics, and finance will help to undergird a true liberal arts academic experience (and yes development of good habits and character counts…).

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