Thursday, February 04, 2016

Learnin' USA

Alex Tabarrok:

In 2009 the U.S. graduated 37,994 students with bachelor’s degrees in computer and information science. This is not bad, but we graduated more students with computer science degrees 25 years ago! The story is the same in other technology fields such as chemical engineering and math and statistics.

If students aren’t studying science, technology, engineering and math, what are they studying?

In 2009 the U.S. graduated 89,140 students in the visual and performing arts, more than in computer science, math and chemical engineering combined and more than double the number of visual and performing arts graduates in 1985.

- See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2016/02/the-new-college-degrees.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+marginalrevolution%2Ffeed+%28Marginal+Revolution%29#sthash.XXEGPbJD.dpuf

The nation still does need waiters, but is that really the ideal training? And we almost certainly don't need waiters who start their careers with $100,000 of educational debt.