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Worthless [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Clarey
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Worthless" is the young person's indispensable guide to choosing the right major. Do not go $50,000 in debt and waste four years of your youth pursuing a degree that just isn't worth it. Take the time to buy and read "Worthless." It may prove to be a better investment than college itself.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Paric Publishing, LLC (December 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N0THIM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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164 of 183 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exaggerated but useful March 23, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Here is what this book will tell you, in a nutshell:

--You should major in a STEM field, preferably in some type of engineering other than environmental. Clarey discusses and ranks the various engineering fields, but basically, any type of engineering except for environmental is OK. Also OK: degrees leading to jobs in the medical profession (although Biology and especially Kinesiology are discouraged); accounting, statistics, econometrics, and actuarial degrees (though Economics and Finance are discouraged); and computer-oriented degrees. Clarey says little about majors in theoretical sciences such as "pure" math or physics, but it is safe to assume he would discourage them for being not practical enough.

--Also OK is any training that will produce a precise and valued skill. Trade school and military routes are encouraged. The author is vehement that "the lowly plumber has more in common with the bio-engineer than does a doctorate in philosophy because the plumber, like the bio-engineer, produces something of value." Trade school is considered "a superior option to the humanities or liberal arts" because it leads to the acquisition of a skill that is in demand.

--The economics of supply and demand should exclusively dictate what one chooses to study. This is a major point of the book. The author gives the model of a medieval European village in which everyone is expected to pull his weight by providing a genuinely useful service to the community. In such a village, there is no room for "the professional activist, the social worker, the starving artist, the trophy wife, the socialite or the welfare bum." Everyone must contribute something that is in demand by the other villagers.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for College-bound Students February 13, 2012
By Andre
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Despite the fact that I have one major disagreement with a small part of this book, Aaron Clarey's work is a little masterpiece of straight talk.

He brilliantly dissects those college degrees that have worth and those that are worthless, based on the simple yet staggering truth of Supply and Demand. Further, he helps the college-bound student recognize how spineless parents, teachers, guidance counselors and the like have failed in giving students the truth about a valuable education and going into debt for a worthless one.

If you plan on going to college to party, follow your bliss, and thinking any degree is a good degree, you are setting yourself up for failure and a low-income job.

Clarey also argues strongly that you have a moral responsibility to obtain a worthwhile degree. His final "Parting Advice" chapter emphasizes both actually working while schooling and getting a B.S. rather than a B.A. He also demonstrates the value of some 2-year degrees.

The key is building skills that are in demand. And thus he focuses on STEM: Science, Techonology, Engineering and Math.

My one disagreement is small but important. He sees a B.A. in English as worthless. Well, he's right if the degree means learning merely to read literature and arguing critical theory. But if you get the right professor (as I did, a real dinosaur who understood the technology of writing) you can learn how to write as a valuable skill. My advantage is that I started out as a math/science guy, studying computer programming, but once I sold an article to a computer magazine, I was hooked on making a living as a freelance writer. I ended up making a living in Silicon Valley earning up to $3000 for a half-day's work on a corporate video script.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless February 10, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent little book. I loved reading it and read it in one sitting. I will definitely recommend it to anyone in college. I hope the author comes out with a sequel. In fact, I hope he comes out with an annual edition, something akin to "Knock 'em Dead", that lists all the newest, most useless majors.

A minor point: the book needs a little editing. I noticed some grammar errors, like using the possessive for the plural. It's nothing I can't live with, but I hope the author fixes these errors in the next edition. (But I wouldn't hire an English major to fix them; most English majors I know really don't even have a working knowledge of grammar. They think it's "oppressive" and supports the "patriarchy.")

I wish someone had given me this book when I was in college.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depressingly accurate guide to higher education December 17, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book takes deadly aim at the various dishonesties which infest modern higher education, and provides at least some guide to assist the entering student in avoiding the worst, most costly pitfalls - these being going deeply in debt for degrees which are both intellectually and financially WORTHLESS.

Most of the book works for Canada as well as the US, though the funding system is different. For example, Clarey assigns low value to foreign languages, which is undoubtedly realistic for people in the Midwest, but not so accurate for Canadians. Clarey discusses grade inflation, but not quite with the vehemence the the subject deserves. And while discussing various academic slimeballs (quite accurately I might say - some of these I must call colleagues), he doesn't go into the invidious role that Boards of Governors/Boards of Regents play.

I hope this book saves a few from the depths of debt and frustration. However, lay people think they know everything about the subject, and some never realise that they have been had.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incisive and relevant
The book sheds light on one fundamental insight about the modern system of education: it imparts skills on students that have a very low instrumental value in the market. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Aleksey Bashtavenko
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Usefull
I read this as an observer of societal metrics, not because I was wanting to choose a degree. I found it matched my experience in every respect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Lange
1.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Sweet
It's an okay guide for high school students. But it can get too shallow at times. It's a good way of getting students love their sciences. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kalkidan mamo
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK
by far my favorite book ever, it was worth twice the price if not more, going into trades or tradeschool is the best idea it has to offer, and its by far the best reality check... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Austin W
5.0 out of 5 stars Aaron Clarey tells it straight
With all these colleges and universities trying to push you into taking classes you really don't need, they also don't even care or guarantee that you will be employable... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a LEYKIS 101 graduate...
This book was recommended by the Professor Tom Leykis and it literally CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER! I can never look at life the same. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Xerxes
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
The author is a very bitter and cynical man. And, he measures happiness by $$$.
Many things he says are plain common sense. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating truth, should be given to all high school students.
This book should be given to all high school students, so that they can make intelligent career choices, and avoid wasting $50,000 and four years of their lives on worthless... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christopher A. Wolter
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardnosed approach to life
This is the harsh reality side of choosing what to study at college. The message is that only the hard subjects are worthwhile. Everything else is worthless. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bill Deef
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliancy
Aaron Clarey's book is the equivalent of drinking an antidote to a slow-acting poison. The scales fall off and clarity is achieved. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frederic Woodbridge
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