What Answer Did You Come Up With?

Continued from Friday, March 28.

Who do you think, as a group, is behaving more intelligently?  The boys or the girls?

Nearly a third of women — 32% — had a bachelor’s at age 27, compared with 24% of men, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

The finding is part of a comprehensive study on employment and education levels of America’s young adults, based on surveys that last occurred in 2012.
A greater share of young women also had at least some college, if not a degree, than did men.
More than two-thirds — 70% — of female 27-year-olds had a bachelor’s or at least attended some college, the report said. That compared to 61% of men.

It’s the girls, right?  More of them are getting college degrees. It’s a no-brainer.

There's much more to this than just the percentage of men and women getting a degree. So 10 percent more women are getting college degrees than men. What good is a college degree if you can’t find a job with a high enough wage or salary, to repay your student loans and still have more disposable income, than if you didn’t attend college?  

Here’s a more meaningful statistic.  What percentage of women are getting worthwhile degrees?  The answer paints a very different picture than the statistic cited above, and I highlighted it below in yellow.

source: usnews.com

Colleges Work to Retain Women in STEM Majors

STEM fields suffer from an image problem. Often seen as a boys club or a path for geeks, colleges struggle to attract and retain women in science, technology, engineering and math majors.
Only about 25 percent of STEM degree holders are women, due largely to a lack of female collegestudents studying engineering, computer science and physical sciences such as physics and chemistry, according to reports.

Here’s more, and this explains Everything.

source: Forbes


It’s quite obvious that a higher percentage of men are majoring in fields that are more likely to result in good paying jobs. (Although there are plenty of men just wasting their time and money on worthless majors too.)  It’s also quite obvious that a high percentage of women didn’t put much thought into what major they chose.  Which brings us to my next point.
How can you tell if the current value of something is not sustainable?  In other words, how can you tell if something is just a “bubble”?  The answer is:  When the uninformed followers start entering the market.  We saw it happen in the housing market, several years ago.  People were buying homes, who had no business buying them.  They’re just doing so, because someone else told them that they should.  Demand went up, prices went up beyond a sustainable level, and a crash followed.  The uninformed followers made up the majority of people who were wiped out.
We got the same thing happening today with college education.  The only person who is going to major in women’s studies is an uninformed follower who is going to college for no other reason other than someone told them “that they should”’.  Have you ever seen a help wanted ad that said “Graduate with degree in women’s studies preferred’?  Can you think of any field where a degree in women’s studies might be helpful?  The same goes for most other liberal arts degrees.  
If we got a higher percentage of women earning college degrees than men, but a large portion of those degrees do not lead to high paying jobs, I would have to say that the men as a group, are acting more intelligently.  Many of the men who didn’t want to deal with the math involved in a STEM degree, entered the workforce out of high school, and have good amount of experience and a couple promotions under their belts after four years, instead of a worthless major, no related job prospects, and a mountain of debt.

Attending college does not, in and of itself, make you intelligent.

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