Worthless: The Young Person’s Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major

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  • a book that all but the most fiscally terrified and heartless parents should consider reading
  • a rank-amateur writing style underscores hurtful and offensive arguments against humanities and other non-STEM disciplines as devoid of all value
  • look elsewhere for books that support economically viable career paths without such a vile tone and vapid structure

Undercut by an unimpressive writing style and a taste for the flat-out offensive in its argumentation, Worthless‘s value to readers is perfectly captured in its title.

One can best summarize the valid yet ultimately vapid viewpoint of Worthless in one of clumsy author Aaron Clarey’s most revealing lines: “I have yet to see a student ask Santa for ‘a lecture about women’s studies.” Worthless might make an agreeable holiday stocking stuffer in a morally and fiscally conservative and fearful home, but ad hominem attacks on students who opt for intellectual meaning over official employment figures as a primary influence in their choice of a college major lands emphatically lands Clarey on the naughty list.

Carey argues that the intelligent student will choose a major in a STEM discipline, determine his choice of career purely by supply and demand, mistrust higher education on all accounts, and avoid any “lesser” fields like minority studies or marketing as, well, Worthless. Put bluntly, parents and students peruse this work at their peril. Promoting odds of employment shouldn’t cause an outcry, but putting down “ponytailed” and “unnecessary” paths of study like literature and music reveals Carey at his most classless. That he’s not exactly Hemingway won’t win him any additional fans either.

With a so-bad-it’s-good aftertaste, Worthless rivals but loses out to a lump of coal in a contest to determine the more pleasurable. At least society can employ the latter for good use.