There is a quote that educators often like to use: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” This fire, drive, way of thinking, passion, or whatever you want to call it (Shaggy Monster) is what sets people apart. One of my favorite columnists, David Brooks, wrote a great piece about that today:
History for Dollars
When the going gets tough, the tough take accounting. When the job market worsens, many students figure they can’t indulge in an English or a history major. They have to study something that will lead directly to a job.
So it is almost inevitable that over the next few years, as labor markets struggle, the humanities will continue their long slide. There already has been a nearly 50 percent drop in the portion of liberal arts majors over the past generation, and that trend is bound to accelerate. Once the stars of university life, humanities now play bit roles when prospective students take their college tours. The labs are more glamorous than the libraries.
To read the rest of David Brooks’ column, click here.