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Medical, political, historical April 3, 2012

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Presidential support for Stephen Colbert is variable in meaning at the best of times, but when 66% of surveyed voters say they would be less likely to vote for Stephanie Colbert, that’s not hard to interpret. Either people think gender is a significant factor in competence at being a fake candidate, or they think the question is low-stakes enough that they don’t have to make the effort to hide their blatant sexism.

Dementia among aging criminals: in lieu of enough [funding for] outside professionals, their fellow prisoners are being brought into the job.

Historical treatments for depression, starting with the ancient Greeks.

Dress like a doctor, make yourself smarter: the way our psychology is affected by what we wear.

“43 percent of those receiving unemployment benefits, and 40 percent of those on Medicare say that they ‘have not used a government program.’

Recent graduates in career limbo. Also, fine-tuning the keywords on your resume, or the exhausting grind of nothing to be done and the urgent pressure to do it. Grad school has me out of this stage…for now, at least.

Breakdown of the current employment status of one class of 2011.

Drug abuse down by half in Portugal over the past ten years. Note that ten years ago is when Portugal decided to decriminalize…everything.

A four-year-old boy comes out as straight to his gay parents. Adoooorable.

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1. X - April 5, 2012

Are you sure Stephanie Colbert isn’t less popular because people think she could be the poorly written Rule 63 fanservice attempt? I mean, that’s what happens when Marvel or DC do it.

And resume advice as victim blaming? Wow, that’s silly. You can tell the author isn’t very good at job hunting when he writes sentences like, “They don’t warn you about the bewildering, befuddling vertigo that comes with having done everything they say to do, all to no avail, and having no idea what to do next.” Obviously, the next thing to do is make your own opportunity! It’s what I did (started an after-school program, used that as experience in education, got an education job) and it worked. There is always something more to do if you’re willing and able. I noticed that the “make your own opportunity” tactic is what worked for the 2011 graduates.

I find the selection of Drew interesting since it was one of the 3 undergrad schools I considered since they offered me a full ride scholarship. Really glad I went to an engineering school, instead.

What we’re in the middle of is a correction long in the making: too many so-so colleges awarding degrees in subjects that have no value (i.e. they don’t produce anything people are willing to pay money for). Result? A glut of worthless degrees that people went into debt to acquire. Mind you, the knowledge that a degree in “____ Studies” doesn’t have the same value as a degree in chemical engineering or physics dates back to my dad’s time. It just takes a bad economy to cause the market forces to highlight this to a noticeable degree.

The good news is this should wake people up (in the short term) and make them aware that not all degrees are created equal, prompting them to change their search criteria. And hopefully that will lead to a swath of the degree mill Liberal Arts schools going under and trim the field to the ones with good programs, increasing the quality of colleges and the likelihood that the investment will pay off. The current efforts on reforming higher ed using online tools could be a step in the right direction.

(And what we really need is for society to stop assuming that a college degree is required for everything. That’s one of the assumptions that contributed to this overuse. Colleges weren’t designed to educate everyone – they’re designed for a certain segment of the population that needed more advanced, specialized education, like scientists and doctors!)

Erin Ptah - April 6, 2012

You’re acting as if the article was a misguided rebuttal to your personal point of view, when in fact it’s an on-point rebuttal to a different point of view (which is sadly common).

Most people don’t say to me “Gosh, you don’t have a job? Why didn’t you get a more valuale degree, and why haven’t you started your own business?” They say “Gosh, you don’t have a job? What, haven’t you been filling out applications? Why don’t you do X, Y, and Z to optimize your resume?” And they truly seem to believe that this is helpful.


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