StuartCa wrote:I guess it really depends on what he's doing now. If he's a high school dropout working as a laborer you may not have much in common with him, if he's worked his way up through industry and is now in a decent management position his education level shouldn't matter. Maybe he's done extra courses to get professional exams and has no need for a degree, give him a go, what do you have to loose?
housecat wrote:How do you feel about dating someone with much more/less education than you have? Is it more acceptable for a man to date a woman with less education than for a woman to date a man with less education?
I have a friend who is trying to fix me up with someone with only a high school education. I've never spoken to him, and I've not agreed to anything at all. He's American and not in Taiwan, so it's not likely to ever happen anyway, but this is the first time I've really thought about this issue since finishing my MA.
My ex husband was less educated than I, but had more marketable job skills. Every other person I've dated has had either the same amount, or more education than I. Now for that to happen, I have to find a single, middle aged guy, with an MA or PhD. Should this matter to me? Does it matter to you?
I think it matters to me for a number of reasons. Firstly, usually the more education one has, the more income one is likely to have--just generally speaking. Next, I want my son's education to equal or surpass my own, so I want educated role modles in his life. Also, I'd think that at LEAST a BA or BS would be needful because more educated people simply think differently than those with only high school or less. I mean, there is a reason we go to school in the first place. We weren't content to stay out of school and do manual labor, or start a service based business (which are things I imagine most people with only high school education typically do).
Now, I don't mean to say that an uneducated person isn't a wonderful person! Please don't yell at me for that. But honestly, I don't think I'd have that much in common with someone with only a high school diploma, even if I'd never left the States. But it does feel kind of superficial, like rejecting someone based on looks, wieght, or wealth. But then, we all do that to some degree, right? I'm no beauty queen, but I still cared what he might look like. Is the education thing eqivalent to that?
How do YOU feel about this. What has been YOUR experience?
The third issue, which relates to the above, is that pursuing tertiary education is, at times, the worse option financially. I've written before about how I've calculated the break even time line for me to do a Master's and work in Taiwan (as opposed to investing the money). Likewise, I've also written about the time line for a Taiwanese person studying abroad to break even here. In the main, both turn out to be bad financial decisions.
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