Living in the "Digital Age" it is not uncommon to believe the STEM fields- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics- are far more superior degree choices than its outdated counterparts, the liberal arts. However, Sanford J. Ungar attempts to shed light on the highly scrutinized and critiqued liberal arts education by clearing up seven common misperceptions. In his essay, "The New Liberal Arts," Ungar strings together counterarguments on why a liberal education still holds value in a modern society (656-662). Despite some strong rationalizations, Ungar 's argument is rendered ineffective.
Fareed Zakaria’s In Defense of a Liberal Education, is as the title suggests, a book in support of liberal education. The first chapter provides a brief and comprehensive history of the author’s own background in India and America. Of the six chapters, this one, is perhaps, the one wherein Zakaria most closely discusses his personal experience by reflecting on his life and how he gained an understanding of what “liberal education” truly means. More so, prior to coming to America, Zakaria tells of his education, in the 1960s and 1970s, in India, one which was skill-based as that was seen as the only path to a “good” career, essentially, either engineering or medicine (23). Zakaria explains the determination of what higher education one would
The existence of liberal arts education makes a significant contribution to the whole society. According to the “Why a Liberal Arts Education Matters”(2012), liberal arts colleges’ purposes are to “mold students into well-rounded, well-informed global citizens with a wide skill set”. People need to be resilient in order to “invent creative solutions” and liberal arts education can help them about that. Liberal arts education help young people build exploring spirit and learn invaluable skills to make life interesting and worthwhile. The gifts liberal arts education offer students include abilities, skills, confidence, attitude, spirits and so on, which can contribute to their whole life. The development of society depends on a new generation who accepted liberal arts education. Therefore, a liberal arts education plays an important role in society, so government and people should place considerable value on it.
There is a reason why my college counselors always pushed for us to look into liberal arts colleges. With liberal education, you get to experience much more than you think is possible. Not only does one take classes that are specific to their major but they are also required to explore other fields that they might have thought was wrong for them. As the reading, “Only Connect…” The Goals of a Liberal Education by William Cronon phrases, liberal education not only deals with what a student learns in their classroom but it also involves the concepts of an individual’s freedom and growth. At first, I thought I only like the idea of studying abroad in South Korea because I watched Korean dramas and listened to their music. But during my time at Denison, I had the opportunity to take classes about the eastern world. I’ve learned about their culture, their history, and even their language. I’ve expanded my knowledge far wider than I thought I would ever. This opportunity to study abroad through CIEE is not just me trying to get my own satisfaction, but it is an
Critical thinking means to think correctly in to find knowledge that is relevant and reliable. In terms of a liberal arts education critical thinking is crucial because a liberal arts education teaches students skills that are needed in the rapidly changing world that usually requires a lifetime of self-learning and understanding. Critical thinking is something that people usually must learn on their own; however, as a liberal arts school it is taught, so we have a better understanding of thinking critically.
In the” Are college worth the price of admission “Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus, Professors of political science and international relationship at Queen College, focus on what Liberal arts college are doing good .They urge different things college have done to promote high education and give examples of college that are putting effort in liberal arts education .The authors also note the most important thing of liberal arts education are the small environment , affordability and the religious affiliation .Finally the author argues that liberal arts education is promoting higher education
Michael Fromm, CEO of electrical Manufacturing, says in an article on CNBC, “I find people that have a liberal arts background have a broader view of the world and will go farther in business.” Practical skills create people trained to do one thing one way and not allowing for deviance. Kelley Holland, on an article “The Case for a liberal arts education,” says, “Graduates that are right out of college, by their peak earning years, from age 56 to 60, people with liberal arts degrees earn an average of $66,185, about $2,000 more than their peers with professional or pre-professional degrees.” Critical thinkers are perfectly capable of performing practical skills, and in fact, since they have been taught to think for themselves, will now be
The author concludes that the debate of liberal education will continue throughout generations to come. That students should immerse themselves within liberal arts not to just make a living, but to become more complex and diverse, to find creative ways to solve new problems, and develop as a person as a person. (Ugar 196) By incorporating the gained knowledge of the liberal arts, undergraduates can pass it down to the future
For centuries, a liberal arts education was a sign of a well-rounded, creative individual. However, in an ever changing era, a liberal arts education is nothing more than an example of how little people enjoy change. Nowadays, numerous jobs require basic to intermediate computer skills, literacy in basic business and economic concepts, and a remedial understanding of geography, social customs, and current events. The core curriculum of a liberal arts education, which includes history, math, art, science, English, literature, and a variety of social sciences, needs to be expanded to encompass the subjects people encounter every day in the 21st century. This paper is directed towards a general audience dedicated to improving centers of
Liberal arts education has been pursued by great thinkers and enthusiastic learners throughout the centuries. Great thinkers have sought out to expand their knowledge and gain a better and deeper understanding of the world in which they live. This has been accomplished by laying foundations of knowledge gained through diligently studding subjects such as physics, mathematics, art, history, philosophy, music and denoting an equal appreciation for each of these subjects. Each of these subjects is capable of expanding our comprehension of how the things of this world work. Not one of them is more capable as compared to the other, in regards to broadening our horizons or expanding our critical thinking abilities. Instead each subject matter holds within it the power for personal, professional and mental growth.
According to Lafley’s article, the writer mentioned various ways in which the liberal art education has prepared individuals for success after graduation. The author discussed about the different aspect of Liberal Arts College versus a non-liberal arts college and noticed that the liberal arts college outweighs the non-liberal arts college, especially in leadership skills, critical thinking, and creativity. Moreover, one of the disadvantage of the liberal arts college that the writer mentioned was the non-liberal arts colleges may focuses on one specific major, which some companies may desire to seek after one master’s skills rather than serval different skills. Although there are some disadvantages that the writer mentioned there are also
After taking the course WCWP 100, I feel the most significant change is not only the improvement of my writing, but also during the process that I have greatly change myself, I believe it as a self-fashioning process. According to the article "Self-fashioning in Society and Solitude: On Crafting a Liberal-arts Education", Nannerl O. Keohane explains that how the education can shape the individuals' self. Here, Keohane asserts that in college, equipping ourselves with knowledge, interacting with other people around us and engaging in extracurricular activities can provide excellent opportunities for individuals to develop their "selves" (Keohane 98) And as the author claims that in college, you have a chance to shape you as the person you want
To be a productive global citizen one must grow intellectually and the most effective way to accomplish this is to procure a liberal education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic, in October of 2016 2.2 million youth ages 16 - 24 enrolled in college (BLS, 2017, P. 1). These students no matter their chosen major will be well versed in an array of subjects thanks to general education requirements. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) defines a liberal education as an education that “intentionally fosters, across multiple fields of study, wide ranging knowledge of science, cultures, and society; high level intellectual and practical skills, an active commitment to personal and social responsibility, and the demonstrated ability to apply learning to complex problems and challenges” (AAC&U, 2007, p. 4). For this paper I will be focusing on how a Liberal education is invaluable to those attaining a baccalaureate in a science, specifically nursing. This paper will discuss: i Why I chose to pursue a liberal education. ii The value a liberal education has for me and for my future nursing practice. And finally iii I will explain what autonomy means to me and my future nursing practice.
The debate over whether or not a student should receive a liberal arts education has been prevalent in society since its first appearance. As previously shown, some people see it as a waste of time, while others see it as having value in the balance that it gives students. Still, others hold a liberal arts degree in high esteem. Each group has different reasons for their argument, but the essence of each inquiry is the same; are the skills that a liberal arts education teaches profitable enough to receive one? A much needed factor not included in the discussion, however, is how it affects one’s life later on. This should be one of the most influential aspects of deciding whether or not a liberal arts education is worthwhile gaining because where one wants to go establishes what one should do to get there. Therefore, the effects of a liberal arts education should be further examined to accurately determine its worth.
The differences that exist between the Chinese and American education systems are great and obvious. However, some of these differences don’t play to the strengths of the representative country. American schools allow for greater freedom of movement and choice, while Chinese schools decide the “what”, “where”, and “how” of educational circumstance for the students (Bush, tony, and Qiang Haiyan). These differences in structure should lead to a greater educational standard being held by China, but that isn’t always the case. This paper will examine the differences in education system in the two countries and show that the Chinese system, while