Google+
Close

Phi Beta Cons

The Right take on higher education.

How Much Are the Humanities Worth?



Text  



At one point, I’d shake my head in the affirmative when reading essays extolling the virtues of studying classical subjects in college. I still believe a well-developed mind will pay off in the long run; it’s the “in college” part that I’m not in love with these days. 

Defending learning for learning’s sake has a bit of a straw-man feel to it. Critics of college are not against learning (see point #5). Hence, with the price of college tuition (plus the other avenues to learn classical subjects today), at what point does the costs of attending college outweigh the benefits of studying Aristotle in college?



Text  


Sign up for free NRO e-mails today:

Subscribe to National Review