Still, I’m Glad I Studied English Literature

November 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

An opinion piece in the New York Times does a nice summary of why we no longer live in our parents or grandparents economy (1950 to 1970) and why we will likely never have the chance. A worthwhile read. I’d add several ideas.

The best argument, economically, for a liberal arts education is that it should teach you to think and write. These general skills are invaluable when you need to respond flexibly to the changing job market.

I believe it’s also true that what drives opportunities for high skill work is research and development – including basic research. But that would be long term thinking, which isn’t valued much these days.

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