Masters Thesis

Alternative education and the puritan work ethic.

A few years ago a college degree was the key to a wide variety of career positions. Today, it is not uncommon to hear of the glutted job market in fields such as teaching, social welfare and engineering. Students are looking for positions which will be temporary and fulfilling. They are searching for options to the traditional puritan work ethic which states that everyone must work, and work hard. The variety of positions that they consider to be alter- natives includes craft work, carpentry, working in prison reform, organic food stores, farming and other jobs which do not directly contribute to the societal structure which they scorn. These are the children of the Aquarian age— full of doubts, insecurities and a distrust of the traditional.

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