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    Dave Webb said:

    I was happy to read an article that wasn’t directed at bashing the institution of academia, or belittling the benefits of advanced education just because there wasn’t a job waiting upon graduation. These seem all too common topics for bloggers lately.

    I was a bit disappointed in the title chosen for this blog though. Although posed as a (neutral) question, it is suggestive of a negative attitude or response.

    The fact of the matter is that advanced education was never intended to be direct training for a job, but rather a mechanism to produce productive and innovative thinkers. The current misconception surrounding advanced education today seems to have been created by the general public and media, both of which (as aggregates) seem to lack the ability to appreciate the academe and it’s purpose. Politicians too, tend to reinforce this attitude by siding with the public in an attempt to garner votes ( or even out of ignorance I suppose)

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve established a career for yourself, but sorry that it appears to have distanced you from the academe. Best of good fortune in future endeavors.

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    Dave Webb said:

    Please excure the misspelling of “its”; it was a product of an autocorrect feature that I did not catch quickly enough prior posting.

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