The “revenge of the nerds” short economist post links to a report about the “return of investment” for college degrees There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that education is important and that it should be easily accessible to everyone. My concern about the economist’s tone in the post is that it promotes, perhaps unintentionally, science and engineering above other disciplines. Yes, I love science and I am a software engineer, so I am most likely one of the blue dots in the top right.
I am strong believer that for humanity to go forward we need all disciplines to be rewarded equally, we need arts as much as we need science, we need the humanities as much as we need computer science. We should be using such data to drive change instead of implying that science and engineering are a better option for the younger generation thanks to the promise of better financial rewards.
(image source: “Revenge of the nerds“)