Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Word of the Day: Degree

Take this to mean what you will, temperature scale, whatever, but on the Internet, this makes you think of academic degrees. Like online school, PhD, certifications, whatever. So think about what kind of degrees you have. And what you want.

As time goes on, educational degrees go more from teaching real skills that contribute to value and the economy, to mere positional/signalling devices that determine distribution of a fixed pie. So says Peter Thiel, who has two degrees. From Stanford. Another reason for change/revolution.

In the midst of stagnation, education has become a status game, "purely positional and extremely decoupled" from the question of its benefit to the individual and society.

George Packer, Profiles, “No Death, No Taxes,” The New Yorker, November 28, 2011, p. 44

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/11/28/111128fa_fact_packer#ixzz1f7vas2u7

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