...with their eyes WIDE open as to the costs, difficulties of finding a job in that competative market and their future earnings potential.
It's up to them to decide then.
What they should not get is pay equallity in their chosen field just "because" or it's "fair".
I.e. just because you REALY REALLY wanted to go into Gay Womans Underwater Basket Weaving, does not mean your future $22,000 a year Social Workers job should suddenly be paid $110,000 so you can pay off Vassar more easily.
Now if you'll excuse me, I just finished a 4 hour online exam (continuing education) and my brain is utter mush at this point.
But no one on this site has a job that really matters.
Military is also a great way to go to learn, mature and network. I was college reservist and am greatful for the experiences from the Marine Corps, but I also loved college and value my friends and experiences while in college. I didn't go 100k in debt from college, I received financial aid and loans for my education. I don't recall any middle class students taking the types of degrees you are referencing, I have a lot of public service and Wall Street buddies from college. One of them is a poster here.
I'm not offended by the creationist viewpoint. If that is part of their belief system, and that's OK with me. Personally, I find my belief in God becomes more firm the more I learn about science and the unanswered questions. Why are humans the only species to have "evolved" on earth? Other species have had significantly more time to evolve, but have not? Why does the physical nature and behavior of things on the quantum level differ so much (and actually contradict) what would occur in the larger world? Where does the quantum level start? What is beyond the known universe? What was there before the big bang? Every time science answers one question, it seems that several new questions arise.