And where do the humanities come on her value scale?
Interestingly, the usefulness of a sociology degree can be demonstrated in this context. In the course of it, one might learn about the weaknesses of the economistic concept of "value-added" and about its current social functions; as well as being provided with the resources necessary to make a reasoned appraisal of claims about a modern society's need for science, as against humanities or social science, graduates.
A sociological education might also lead one to question whether economics should be the dominant concern in educational policy-making.
Martyn Hammersley Professor of Educational and Social Research, Open University