Should higher education aim to secure students a paycheck, fulfillment … or both?
The Washington Post - 05/04/2015
The oldest argument in defense of a liberal education is that we are not the sum of our earthly appetites. We are beings with souls, and those souls must be nourished through beauty, contemplation of our world, and awareness of our role within it. If we neglect meaning, our existence grinds into mechanics and dust.
But earthly appetites cannot be denied, especially when we need to compete for a paycheck in a globalized economy. What, then, is the best form of higher education? Should it take a professional bent, or should we still study poetry, history, and philosophy?