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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 22, 2011 / 22 Menachem-Av, 5771

Is college still worth it? Some majors are

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The endless chatter about the ills of the public school system is being matched in intensity by speculation over the value of a college education and whether it is increasingly less worth the money.

The answer to the first part of the question is yes, according to the experts. A college degree still is considered a necessary passport to a better life no matter if guys like Bill Gates dropped out. But as to whether the amount being spent matches the expectations there is a vast difference of opinion. The truth is some degrees are just worth more than others over a lifetime although the costs may be the same and take years to pay off.

The decisions facing this fall's entering freshmen are far more complex than they once were before persistently high unemployment that has left the outlook uncertain for those who chose to study one of the impractical icons of academia. But then not everyone can be an engineer, doctor, lawyer, architect or brilliant research scientist. What a dreary society that would be, long on technocrats and woefully short on those we would want to be around.

I was at a going-off-to-college dinner the other night for a brilliant young lady who confided that she already had enough credits to be a sophomore by December. She is a model of academic success in one of the toughest grading regimes of any public school system in America. She has never had a B in 12 years of primary and secondary education and has balanced her advanced course load and breathtakingly high test scores with community service, music, internships and an active social life, all factors that would predict not only continued achievement in her chosen college, known for its academic toughness, but also afterwards.

Is this assurance of a lucrative job in a few years? Hardly, according once again to the experts who note that while her expressed major, linguistics, might be better than some disciplines in the area of arts and sciences, the best prospects are in the professions. Engineering, medicine, computer sciences and business top that list with law losing some of its cachet under the current economic circumstances. Starting pay and job security are far higher than the average graduate in the humanities if jobs are available. Those majoring in English, literature, journalism and philosophy have little choice but to plan for graduate school in something more practical.

Fortunately, the young lady I just described has a flair for languages and expects to spend some time studying abroad. Obviously with a global economy, corporations are always looking for those who are multilingual. But she, like many of her peers with exceptional academic records, faces some tough choices down the road.

Her cousin on the other hand, who also was at the dinner, is beginning her third year at a popular university. Her opportunities for a good paying job are based on a broad major called "Justice Studies" where her destination will be either law school or law enforcement. The chances for the latter are enhanced by the fact her father is a federal agent with broad experience in two departments, State and Justice. The prospects for most aren't that good.

The other day on a National Public Radio forum a woman laid off from her job as a newspaper reporter said that had she any inkling about what would happen to the newspaper industry, she would have spent her money more wisely than a major in journalism. At 32 years of age, she said, she was having a difficult time surviving until she could reorient her career. There are hundreds of thousands like her subsisting on waiting tables or tending bar or other low wage jobs. Unfortunately too many have been forced to give up on their original dreams.

Is a college education as desirable as it once was? The answer has to be in the affirmative. The paths to success within the college environment may have changed radically but the experience still offers one the best opportunity for a better life.

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08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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