Quote from BrandonLPN
Hmmm, well, people who watch sunny boo-boo (or whatever it is) and who think Hard Copy or their Yahoo! Home page are adequate news sources *probably* aren't the type who would benefit from higher education in the first place.
The bulk of the population is uncultured and uninformed. It's always been that way and it always will be.
And you don't necessarily need a college education to be "enlightened". I have no post secondary education beyond practical nursing, but I consider myself to be fairly well read and enlightened. I listen to NPR. I watch PBS. I have a subscription to a couple literary journals and have the sunday NewYork Times delivered. Much of what one would describe as cultured or enlightened is simply lifestyle choices. One *chooses* whether or not to be informed.
There's a need for higher education, of course. But for the vast, vast majority education is simply the means to an end. For most people, any higher education that doesn't directly result in gainful employment is, indeed, "wasted". It's time to stop being naive about this.
I'm my mid 60's and remember when "average" was competent. A high school graduate in the business program was ready to go to work as a gainful employee. No more. We've become such a nation of dummies that well more than 50% of the population is below average.
I would never judge "enlightment" by a person's education or job. Any educational status one achieves is just a beginning. After that, your an auto-didact or you're not. I'm only saything if the employer starts to demand a BSN, one had better get ready and that all the anti-education postings on AN don't speak well for nursing.
Also, I hate the New York Times and I'm a registered Democrat!