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Are the Liberal Arts Enough?



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The Wall Street Journal has an article detailing interdisciplinary programs that add job-preparation components to liberal-arts majors.  

Colleges are not employment agencies unless the non-technical majors fall by the wayside. A good liberal arts education should be enough to prepare the mind for success — but have we reached the point where that argument is separate from debating the purpose of college? It’s possible to study Aristotle without needing four-plus years and five figures of debt.  

Proponents of classical education need to beware of falling into the same credential trap as vocational-training advocates — instead of the degree credentialing employability, the degree credentials liberal-arts courses.  

There’s always a need to defend a true liberal education, but when undertaking that game, be careful not to bring a golf club to a tennis match.



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