LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Candidates’ pop-quiz failure

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In answering the first question of last week’s second presidential debate, a query posed by 20-year-old Jeremy Epstein, neither candidate made a basic inquiry: What field was the concerned student majoring in? That well could determine his future employment prospects.

In the end, GOP candidate Mitt Romney offered Mr. Epstein work upon graduation, but most of the Republican candidate’s response was devoted to extolling the nonspecific program of “a rising economy floats all boats.” President Obama, on the other hand, stressed the importance of education, but in detailing the jobs he would create, it seemed obvious that more than a few would not require four years at a university.

Mr. Epstein probably was left confused as to the value of continuing his studies. Both candidates largely failed the simple pop quiz he gave them.



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