- Mar 2013
- Vulcan, down the street from Darth Vader
Indeed, we should be promoting more business education in schools. Hard to start and run a business without basic knowledge of how to do so (not impossible, but learn-as-you-go in this area is no fun). Otherwise, as a practical matter (which is what is under discussion here), a plumber, for example, would be stuck always working for someone else.CEO, CTO, COO, Marketing Director, Creative Director, Research Analyst to name a few.
And even apart from that ... to reiterate @Leo2's point, why is it undesirable to have a carpenter who can discuss Shakespeare or Kant while working? Not that he would be required to, if he prefers baseball ... but why not have the opportunity to do both? I am reminded of Thomas Hardy's novel Jude the Obscure, in which a 19th-century young man (Hardy was essentially writing of his own times) very much desires higher education, but never had the chance, and so had the more mundane life he feared and died in obscurity (hence the title). (Certainly there is much more going on than simply an educational theme, but they are not much relevant to the topic here.) It seems the underlying theme of the OP is anti-intellectualism, not merely practical issues of financing higher education.