Minasuk/ June 15, 2016/ Uncategorized

In Pursuit of Political Equality | Wall Street Journal | June 2016 In her latest book, “Equality and Education,” Dr. Allen calls for a renewed focus on the liberal arts, particularly in primary and secondary schools. She believes that studying philosophy, history and literature can teach students how to participate in politics in a more informed way.

Minasuk/ June 6, 2016/ Uncategorized

When universities try to behave like businesses, education suffers | Los Angeles Times | June 2016 Universities are getting cozier with businesses and industrialists, and less discerning about the pitfalls of these relationships, which include accepting donations with strings attached. What’s worse is that universities are adopting the corporate model of profit and loss as though they’re businesses themselves. Students

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Minasuk/ June 2, 2016/ Uncategorized

History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of | Los Angeles Times | May 2016 I do not agree with “justified by the market” arguments, but, it is what it is. Grrr. Sigh. Over the long run, however, graduates in history and other humanities disciplines do well financially. Rubio would be surprised to

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Minasuk/ May 5, 2016/ Uncategorized

It’s the End of the Humanities as We Know It | New Republic | June 2014 Like a consumptive protagonist in a Victorian novel, the humanities have been dying for a long, long time. Earlier this week, James Pulizzi declared that English departments would soon be “extinct,” and that there was “no reversing” this decline. Although his topic was the

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Minasuk/ February 20, 2016/ Uncategorized

Conservatives, Please Stop Trashing the Liberal Arts | Wall Street Journal | March 2015 Christopher J. Scalia, then-associate professor of English at UVA, Wise College: Income and employment are surely important, but financial reward is not all that a college education offers to student and the state. By perpetuating this notion, conservatives ignore a long tradition that places the liberal

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Minasuk/ August 21, 2015/ Uncategorized

STEM Study Starts With Liberal Arts | Forbes | August 2015 “Parents sometimes worry that the liberal arts may not prepare their children for the job market, but they do so based upon a misunderstanding. When I applied to Amherst 40 years ago, someone told me that a liberal arts education was “training for nothing but preparation for everything.” It

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Minasuk/ August 6, 2015/ Uncategorized

Liberal Arts, a Lost Cause? | New York Times | July 2015 “I don’t think one should get melodramatic about this, but we are drifting toward turning college into a trade school. And that is ultimately harmful.”

Minasuk/ September 4, 2014/ Uncategorized

The University Has No Clothes | May 2011 | New York Magazine The notion that a college degree is essentially worthless has become one of the year’s most fashionable ideas, with two prominent venture capitalists (Cornell ’89 and Stanford ’89, by the way) leading the charge.