I tend to think that we all over value our contributions and value in society, and undervalue the other person's contributions. Were everyone as dillegent a worker or professional as they thought they were, my gosh, what a utopia we'd be living in!
Not to get too far off track-- and I will endeavor to bring it back to the topic-- I think rich or poor, Doctor or factory worker, miner or farmer, we in this country have a far too utilitarian view of education.
If larnin' something don't make ya money, than what in tarnation is it good for?
Both proponents and detractors from school shopping seem to be undervaluing the real point of education.
Some of the strangest looks I received when asked why I was going to go off to school rather than other choices was because I wanted to learn about the world. "But what kind of job will that give you" I was asked. "No idea, not why I am going"
The conversation ended there because people just couldn't get their mind around that fact that this lunch box kind of kid just wanted to futher himself, not his resume.