"Shailesh Thakurdesai, business development manager at Texas Instruments India , says college hiring is a priority for the company because "freshers learn fast and do things differently, without the baggage of past experience..."
Wow, really? So experience is baggage? I know this analogy has been used millions of times in the past, but if I was having open heart surgery, I'd certainly want a surgeon with "baggage" versus a fast-learning "fresher."
What a tool. Is this guy for real?
You're kidding me, right? To say your single point discredits my argument is laughable. Sure, there are superstars out there with extraordinary talent that don't necessarily need a degree. But overwhelmingly, those people are the exception to the rule. Do you think companies like Pixar or Disney would hire animators without looking at the type of degree a candidate possesses? Do you think a company like IBM, Adobe, or Microsoft would hire technical writers or graphics designers without looking at educational background? Same with the New York Times hiring a reporter. And NBC, CBS, or ABC hiring script writers or CGI effects artists. I can guarantee you that those companies will look into a candidate's educational background.
As a systems engineer, I'm always amazed at the myopic, arrogant view of liberal arts majors by those in my profession. In my opinion, liberal arts majors are just as important to a functioning, civil society as science majors.