On my way into my e-mail I found this item on MSNBC. I am somewhat amused by the notion of suing the college when the job you trained for fails to materialize. But beneath the amusement, I also feel a growing sense that maybe we should rethink the whole notion of higher education. Many years ago I read a small book (I may still have it!!) titled "The Case Against College" (or something like that, as I said it has been many years since I even looked at the book). At the time I still bought into the myth that education was the Royal Road to advancement. Why don't I believe that anymore? 1) a nephew who has certifications in his field that only, maybe, 300 people in the WORLD have and, during a period of unemployment earlier this year, thought about getting a (worthless, to him) bachelor's degree so his resume would not be automatically rejected because that little block wasn't checked off. 2) A relative by marriage who had to go back to school to get certified in a job she was already doing very well in order to keep that job. 3) Various people I met along the way who went from a bachelor's degree to a master's degree to what ever other degree hoping to get a stable job in the field the loved. Most didn't. Too often the degree is simply a way for lazy employers to weed out the field. The degree does not provide information, knowledge, or skills that are truly required for the holder to do the job. Most of it is a waste of money. And yet what to we hear from the Obama Administration, or the various colleges wanting to recruit students (most of whom will pay for their 'education' with loans)? Exactly the same old song. The road to a satisfying and high paying career leads through some college or other to some degree or other. No one asks why we really need those degrees to do those jobs--let alone those service jobs that our economy generates in such large numbers. Most of us will end up working in jobs (not careers!!) for which a high school graduate would be over qualified. Which is the other educational trap for those of us in the higher age groups.