A recent article slammed a few majors as being useless degrees.  The next two links will take you to the article and a thoughtful challenge.


The Article

5 Useless College Majors – Bright Futura


 Useless College Majors. By Terence Loose at Yahoo. If you’re considering going back to school in hopes that you’ll graduate to more opportunities, there

 The Challenge

Yahoo’s ‘College Majors That Are Useless’… Really?

I have a bit of a different take coming from my experience with three college kids (and two on the way), along with Jody (Masters degree) and my own (Doctorate) taste of education.

My son Tripp has a degree in Studio Art from the University of Texas in Austin.  He is currently a consultant to a governmental policy think tank, employed to convert research into a systems analysis (uses a program called Mathematica).

HUH?  Art to Systems?

Well, sure!  Is the point to get a degree or get educated?  I’m convinced it is to get educated.  Remember, education is the acquisition of the utilization of knowledge…and, once you know how to learn, you can learn anything.

Of course, some degrees are not as immediately employable as others, but the last time I checked, around 85% of graduates are no longer in their ‘field of study’ ten years after graduation!

If the real value is in learning how to learn, then don’t you think motivation and effort will make a difference?  Every student who studies a major she hates (and is likely not designed for) will probably not do well.  I’ll take a student who loved his subject and produced results over a student who muddled through in a ‘good’ major.  The reason is that after it is all said and done…a skill(s) remains.  It is that skill that is employable (a good attitude helps too) since almost every job requires much training AFTER getting hired.

Surely we can notice that no one leaves college fully equipped to do any well paying job…no, no one.

If you pay attention life will learn you a thing or two (sorry…grew up in Alabama 😉  Specifically, life will learn you that you do not know the future.  Why not do well with what you enjoy and see what God might blossom over time?

And, Mom and Dad…why not cheer for your kid’s pursuit of learning…wherever it may lead?

They will love you for it!


Fred Lybrand

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Dr. Lybrand and his wife (Jody) of 40 years homeschooled their 5 children from birth to college, where they all excelled in academics and community (University of Texas & Abilene Christian). Dr. & Mrs. Lybrand have combined degrees of 2 BA's, 2 Masters, and 1 Doctorate), Fred and Jody have stuck with their faith and their obsession with practical learning. As a result, the overall theme of "Teaching Them to Learn How to Learn" invades everything they offer. Dr. Lybrand pastored for 25 years and currently coaches, consults, and trains leaders in businesses, churches, and non-profits. Among his client list are the U.S. Air Force, CRU, Be Broken, Continental Resources, State Farm Insurance, and Pioneer Natural Resources. Of course, one of his favorite interests is helping homeschoolers excel, and he does so with the 10 Courses of The Independent Homeschooer Curriculum & directly mentoring parents who belong to the tribe. Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand Jr. www.fredraylybrand.com

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