The chart Michael Mandel posted here is indeed, as the author put it, “appalling.” It’s also depressing. As is the first comment posted, from “Brenda”:

Yes, this is appalling on several counts. I have my Masters degree in Education and am having difficulty getting more than $10 per hour. People won’t hire me because I am over-qualified and, I assume, are afraid I might leave employment if I get something that pays more. In the meantime, I owe $60k in educational loans. Why bother with an advanced degree when people in the service industry are able to take home more pay? I would get a waitressing job but my resume reflects higher ed. A friend suggested that I refrain from listing my education. What does that say about ethics and integrity? What are we saying about our collective consciousness toward higher education?

Very good questions all.

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Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.